Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney has found unlikely support for her fast-approaching primary next month in Kevin Costner, touting the Hollywood actor’s support by tweeting a photo of him wearing a T-shirt that says the same.
“Real men put country before party,” the Republican congresswoman tweeted Tuesday night along with a photo of Yellowstone star wearing a black cowboy hat and white shirt with the words: “I’m for Liz Cheney.”
The star of the Paramount Network series lives in California, which means he can’t vote for the Republican lawmaker, while the TV show — which is set and filmed in Montana — borders Ms. Cheney’s home state of Wyoming to the south. .
The endorsement comes just weeks before Wyoming’s Aug. 16 primary for the state’s at-large seat in the House, with the three-term incumbent in dire need of some sort of boost as recent polls from the Casper Star-Tribune released earlier this month shows her currently trailing Trump supporter Harriet Hageman by 22 points.
Although Ms. Hageman, who has echoed the former president’s claims that the 2020 US election was stolen, leads Rep. Cheney by 52% to 30% in some polls, her fundraising goals have fallen well short of those of the vice president of the select committee of the Parliament. investigating the January 6 uprising.
Rep. Cheney, who raised $2.9 million in the second quarter of the year, continues to outpace her Republican challenger, who over the same time period saw only $1.8 million come in.
In her role as vice chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Capitol Hill Rebellion, Rep. Cheney — who was stripped of her GOP leadership post after she decided to cross the aisle with nine other House Republicans to vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump last year. frequently characterized the one-term president as a threat to democracy during summer panel shows.
In the red state of Wyoming, where Trump beat Joe Biden by more than 40 points, Rep. Cheney’s remarks at all the public hearings probably didn’t serve as a boost to her re-election campaign. For example, recent poll suggests that only 2 percent of Republicans say the Jan. 6 hearings are top of mind ahead of the midterm elections.
But for the seven-term congresswoman, she appeared to concede that her purpose in this particular political moment goes beyond this month’s primaries, recently telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that Americans need to “recognize what’s at stake.”
“I’m working hard here in Wyoming to win every vote,” Ms. Cheney said during an interview with state of the union. “But I will say this too. I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to say things that don’t apply to the election. My opponents are doing this, surely just to get elected.”
“If I have to choose between keeping a seat in the House of Representatives or protecting constitutional democracy and making sure the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I will choose the Constitution and the truth any day,” said Ms. Cheney, who has been labeled by opponents of the MAGA movement as a Republican in Name Only (RINO).
The Wyoming primary is scheduled to be held on August 16.