Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) campaign found support among the famously wealthy and well-connected one-party in the weeks leading up to the Trump-endorsed Aug. 16 primary against Harriet Hageman.
It seems that the more likely Cheney is to lose on August 16, the more his campaign finds himself supported by the establishment. According to polls, Cheney is at least 30 points behind Hageman among Wyoming voters. But by the show of support among political elites, it’s safe to say that Cheney leads by 30 points. Political elites are likely coming to Cheney’s aid because Cheney’s odds of winning the GOP primary are just 5 cents on the dollar, according to PredictIt odds. Hageman’s odds of defeating Cheney are 95 cents on the dollar.
As Cheney shone the spotlight on the partisan Jan. 6 committee, hundreds of miles from Wyoming voters, she won the support and donations of the rich and famous. They include actor Kevin Costner, “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross, “Friends” producer Kevin Bright and studio mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Cheney won donations from donors from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. She also received more donations from the state of California than from any other state, including Wyoming. “More than 1,100 Californians contributed nearly a tenth of the $13 million Cheney has raised through June 30 for his re-election campaign,” Los Angeles Times reported. “During that time, she received donations from just over 200 Wyoming residents, totaling over $260,000.”
Dmitri Mehlhorn, a strategist who advises far-left LinkedIn co-founder and Democratic donor Reid Hoffman, backed Cheney’s re-election bid. “Cheney is the most important politician in America right now,” Mehlhorn told the New York Time. Other Democratic donors include Google executive Vint Cerf, Citigroup chief executive Jane Fraser, and Boston-based billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman, who considers himself more aligned with the establishment.
Cheney invited support from the rich and famous. She asked Democrats to vote for her. She teamed up with a Democratic-leaning ad agency to get the vote. She sits on the Jan. 6 committee to help Democrats keep the spotlight on Trump and stay away from inflation, recession and high gas prices.
The member claims to be a Republican. Yet the Wyoming Republican Party “excommunicated” Cheney from the state by no longer recognizing her as a Republican. Cheney lost support from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who endorsed Hageman.
“After spending time with Harriet, it’s clear that she will always listen to and prioritize the needs of her local communities and focus on solving our country’s biggest problems,” McCarthy told the Federalist in February. “I look forward to serving with Harriet for years to come.”
Many Wyoming voters identify with McCarthy. Some wonder if Cheney has lost his mind. “I’m sitting here watching the January 6 hearings and I’m thinking, ‘Have you lost your mind?'” a voter told the FinancialTimes. “That man [Trump] is every major institution chasing him, from the media to the swamp of Washington, DC, and now one of his own parties is doing the same thing? »
Over the weekend, voters aired their frustrations with Cheney on CNN. “Can I swear?” one voter responded when asked about Cheney’s role on the partisan committee. “She smeared us,” the voter explained. “Look how she did Trump. I am a Trump fan.
In 2020, former President Donald Trump won around 70% of the vote in Wyoming. “She’s supposed to support him,” the voter added. “She’s a Republican, for shouting out loud.”
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