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Cheney Getting Desperate As She Falls In The Polls, Now Looking For Help From Dems

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Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is getting desperate to keep her place in the House of Representatives and she is looking to the Democrats to help her.

Cementing her change, after being a vocal opponent of former President Donald Trump, she is begging those who used to oppose her for help and Republicans who support the former president want to stop her.

The representative is scheduled to speak next week to a bipartisan panel about defending the integrity of elections at Jackson’s Center for the Arts, Politico reported.

But she is in for a surprise because the audience is not going to be as welcoming as she wanted because supporters of the former president grabbed a bunch of the 350 tickets at $10 apiece.

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“I was here when the … Democrats dragged her father’s effigy down a village road behind a truck at one of their rallies, and those are the people who are supporting her now, that she’s embraced,” Rebecca Cloetta, 66, said when asked about the representative at a diner named the Virginian.

“Can you believe it? Charging for a ticket! It’s a slap in the face,” Rebecca Bextel, 41, a Republican who supports the former president said. “We have one person representing us and she shows up in town and it costs $10 to see her. It’s embarrassing.”

Wyoming only has one representative in the House.

“She is not going to get reelected,” she said.

Bextel may well be correct. Though there’s been scant public polling of her primary campaign against Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, it’s apparent that Republicans in Wyoming — which voted for Trump over Joe Biden, 70 to 27 percent, in 2020 — have turned against Cheney en masse since Jan. 6, 2021.

Just as obvious is that Cheney needs Democrats and independents to change their party registration and cast their vote for her in the Aug. 16 primary. Her campaign is loath to talk strategy publicly, but the math doesn’t lie — and neither do Cheney’s actions on the ground here in recent months.

She has shunned town halls and other voter forums in Wyoming’s overwhelmingly red counties in favor of controlled events. At the March 22 event, which is being hosted by Issue One, a bipartisan organization that advocates for “sweeping reforms to fix our broken political system,” Cheney will answer pre-selected questions.

Mary Martin, who is now the chair of the state Republican Party, was one of the three people who dissented from the vote to censure Rep. Cheney, which succeeded 5 – 3, but now she has changed her mind.

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“She was absolutely invited to come and present what her facts were, to defend why you are doing this and instead she opted to call the Republicans radicals, which has made people upset within the party,” the GOP chair said.

“She’s been MIA since Jan. 6. And what we all truly believe is that the Wyoming seat is a stepping stone to running for president in 2024 and she needs to get Trump out of the way. And to raise money, she’s using the anti-Trump commentary,” she said.

“She’s not in the state, she has not been anywhere, maybe one or two places,” Donovan argued.

Polls show she is behind her primary challenger who was backed by the former president.

“Congratulations to Kevin McCarthy and Elise Stefanik on their strong and powerful endorsement of Harriet Hageman of Wyoming. Loser Liz Cheney is a RINO and warmonger who doesn’t deserve to serve in the House of Representatives. Harriet will be an outstanding Representative for the Great State of Wyoming!” the former president said in an email from his Save America PAC.

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