Office of Representative Liz Cheney via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, under fire and with her approval rating among the folks back home dropping, has drawn what will likely be the first of many opponents in the next GOP primary.

The No. 3 Republican in the GOP House leadership, Cheney is under fire for her vote to impeach former President Donald J. Trump, a largely partisan effort launched by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, after the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Democrats and some Republicans have repeatedly referred to the riot as an attempted “insurrection” prompted by Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. The objective of the rioters, some say, was to disrupt and perhaps force Congress to suspend that day’s counting of the electoral college ballots as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution and to prevent Joe Biden from being officially declared president-elect.

Cheney has drawn heat for her vote to affirm the charges against Trump and for insisting it was, for her and for all Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives a “matter of conscience” that permitted members to cast aside any partisan allegiances by which they might feel bound.

Taking on Cheney is Wyoming State Rep. Chuck Gray, a Republican who announced his intentions on social media.

“It’s time for a leader who actually listens to the hard-working people of Wyoming, and not to the D.C elitists,” Gray tweeted. “Join me on my journey as I seek the Republican nomination for the United States Congress.”

In February, the Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney with only eight of the 74-member state GOP’s central committee openly opposing the punishment in a process that did not conclude with a formal vote. An effort by GOP House conservatives to remove Cheney from her party leadership post failed 145-61.

Gray has repeatedly criticized Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump and accused her of taking positions that were “nothing more than a stepping stone” to higher office. “Well, not anymore,” he said. “Wyoming agrees with President Trump” who, during his recent speech to the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference called Cheney out by name and said he hoped she would be defeated.

The subject of Trump’s speech caused some friction between Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who told reporters at a press availability he thought the former president should speak to the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative political activists. Cheney disagreed, saying she did not believe the former president “should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country.”

Cheney, who was first elected to the House in 2016, has not yet said whether she will be a candidate for reelection in 2022. Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, held the seat she now occupies from January 1979 until 1989 – when former President George H.W. Bush nominated him to be U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Peter Roff is a former U.S. News & World Report contributing editor now affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations. He appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. Reach him by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.


Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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WhiteFalcon
WhiteFalcon
6 months ago

I don’t believe that Cheney will be a candidate again whether she runs or not. Her goose is cooked.

Củ Thìu Biu
Củ Thìu Biu
6 months ago
Reply to  WhiteFalcon

How much did she get from China ?

Barbara
Barbara
6 months ago
Reply to  WhiteFalcon

As well it should be

Jack
Jack
6 months ago
Reply to  WhiteFalcon

I agree

Retired Marine
Retired Marine
6 months ago

She is a communist, just like all the left and many on the right. Anyone else smell the approach of another civil war? It seems since the left has antifa, blm, fools, and morons (or the fbi, doj) communists, we will have to reset the country. I hope and pray to GOD that the MILITARY STAYS TRUE TO THEIR OATHS, and removes our enemies. We must also engage the domestic enemies of our Country.

DianeLynn
DianeLynn
6 months ago
Reply to  Retired Marine

I would hope we can change things at the ballot box and not with an ammo box.

Jim
Jim
6 months ago
Reply to  DianeLynn

I really don’t give a F–k either way , I am old and I have served in the military was ready to die then and I’m ready to die now .

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Hopefully it won’t come to that. Even democrats are now disillusioned with numb nuts. They realize…now…that he’s just another globalist parasite selling us down the river. ‘Makes you wonder how much we were worth.

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  DianeLynn

I dunno, the way things are going, we may need to employ the latter. Regimes don’t relinquish power by any statute; they’re removed by force.

West
West
6 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

Convention of States: gives the power to the people to get state legislators to make amendments to the Constitution and have states ratify amendments without voting from House or Senate. A way of secession without war.

r w
r w
6 months ago
Reply to  Retired Marine

I have lost confidence in the military. They had opportunity to arrest all the Commiecrats at the fake inauguration of the dementia puppet!

Paul
Paul
6 months ago
Reply to  r w

That is not their job, we don’t need a military insurrection that usually follows with a military government. No thanks, I’ll stick with the ballot box and hopefully honest elections next time.

Davey
Davey
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Seems the lefties are enacting legislation to ensure THEY have fair elections for themselves from here on out. They’re going to leave the patriots no other choice but armed conflict, or we can just surrender. Not many options at this point. A future republican could get 75% of the popular vote and still lose according to their fair election rules. They’re in the drivers seat for at least 2 more years.

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  Davey

The term is “Disenfranchisement”.

West
West
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul

If we do not get fair elections then we should look into the Convention of States, Article 5 of the Constitution. It gives people power to get amendments to Constitution via state legislators and then the states ratify the amendments without voting from the House and Senate. It is a way of secession without civil war. Get all the red states together.

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  r w

What’s doubly concerning is that the MILITARY has lost confidence in their leaders, particularly in Washington. Morale among our troops is sadly lacking, and under this new regime, they’ll be regimented with social engineered speech protocols to the point where they’ll need tape over their mouths to prevent them from uttering ‘unapproved’ sentiments. Life inside the perimeter fence was tough enough when there weren’t democrats parsing our observations. Now it’s going to be a lifelike imitation of Animal Farm.

Shelley
Shelley
6 months ago
Reply to  Retired Marine

I hope it can be settled without a war, but I am losing hope. With HR1 passing, it isn’t likely that the dems will listen to anything. They are pushing their radical agenda thru as fast as they can to destroy our country. They are encouraging and helping illegals invade our country! It seems everything they do should be considered unconstitutional. The president does not have the authority to write laws either – much less thru executive orders! When will the lawsuits start? Texas is finally standing up, but more states need to stand with Texas. The supreme court isn’t worth much at this point either. What happened to those “constitutionalist” that Trump nominated? They sure turned on the country quickly!

MikefromTexas
MikefromTexas
6 months ago

None of these RINO’s vote the way their people want them to do. I wonder why they keep electing them