GOP groups rally to save Liz Cheney’s political career before primary contest

Anti-Trump Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is facing a steep path to re-election in her approaching primary, but it hasn’t stopped defenders of the GOP’s old guard from trying to save her.

According to Axios, an effort is underway by certain Republican groups to push Cheney past the finish line on Aug. 16.

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The effort involves two seemingly opposed political groups that are part of a coordinated strategy to play liberal voters who like Cheney’s anti-Trump messaging against conservatives who are alienated by it.

Taking a page out of Cheney’s own playbook, Wyomingites Defending Freedom and Democracy is leaning into Cheney’s anti-Trump brand to win Democrat votes in Wyoming’s open primary, which allows voters to change parties at the polls.

The group’s website encourages Democrats to “send a message to Trump” by switching parties temporarily to re-elect Cheney, “democracy’s defender.”

On the other hand, Conservatives for a Strong America is aiming to split up the anti-Cheney vote by tying Cheney’s Trump-backed challenger, Harriet Hageman, to Cheney. The group is boosting two other Cheney challengers while painting Hageman as an anti-Trump phony.

The pro-Cheney media campaign is led by Julia Griswold Dailer, a former Trump White House and inauguration committee aide. Jeff Larson, a longtime Cheney backer and chairman of Republican research firm America Rising, is also involved.

Cheney on the ropes

The effort faces grim odds in a state that Trump carried by 43 points. Cheney is trailing Hageman by double digits.

The pro-Cheney camp is also being outspent. Wyomingites Defending Freedom and Democracy is the fourth largest spender in the race, having doled out $188,428 since last month, but the group Wyoming Values has received $500,000 from Trump’s PAC and has spent $800,000 attacking Cheney.

Cheney received a warning last week when freshman Rep. Peter Meijer (MI) became the second Republican who voted to impeach Trump over Jan. 6 to lose his primary. Cheney has a high-profile role on the January 6th committee and has called for Trump to be prosecuted.

The legacy media appear to be cushioning Cheney’s fall. In a glowing profile by the New York Times ahead of her primary, Cheney said the Republican party is “sick” with men like Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) at the helm.

President Trump had disparaged Cheney, whose father Dick Cheney was vice president during the George W. Bush administration, as a “war criminal.”

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