On Friday, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York endorsed Harriet Hageman for Wyoming Senate. Hageman is the primary opponent for Senator Liz Cheney.
Stefanik’s endorsement of Hageman follows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s endorsement for Hageman on Thursday, pointing to a shift away from Cheney by the House Republican caucus.
Hageman said in a press release on Friday that she was “proud to endorse Harriet Hageman in her race to unseat Liz Cheney.” She added that “House Republicans were ready for a change,” adding that it was “resoundingly clear Wyoming families are too.”
Cheney once held Stefanik’s role as House Republican Conference chair. But she was ousted from the position by House GOP members after she angered many in the caucus with her outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump for his claims the 2020 elections were stolen and the events that happened at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
Cheney was also the most high-profile House Republican to vote to impeach Trump in his second impeachment trial. She would later become the chair of the House Jan.6 committee, defying GOP leadership.
Stefanik addresses this in her statement, saying, “Liz Cheney abandoned her constituents to become a Far-Left Pelosi puppet.” Continuing her statements, Stefanik says that Cheney belonged “in an MSNBC or CNN news chair, not in Congress representing Wyoming ㅡ a state that voted for President Trump by over forty points.”
Stefanik continued her glowing endorsement of Hageman, stating, “Harriet is a true America First patriot who will restore the people of Wyoming’s voice that has been long forgotten by Liz Cheney.”
Hageman responded to Stefanik’s endorsement, saying that she was “honored” and “grateful” to have Stefanik’s support, adding that Stefanik was proof “that it is possible to fight for your principles in Washington, D.C. while also staying true to what your constituents want you to do.”