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Politics Who Is Harriet Hageman? Donald Trump Set to Endorse Liz Cheney Challenger

11:45  10 september  2021
11:45  10 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Potential Cheney challenger steps down from RNC post

  Potential Cheney challenger steps down from RNC post Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman resigned from her role on the Republican National Committee, potentially foreshadowing a campaign launch.Hageman, who met with former President Donald Trump last month to talk about entering the race, wrote in a Wednesday letter to Wyoming Republican Party Chair Frank Eathorne that she is stepping down from her post. Hageman, a trial attorney who waged an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2018, appeared to hint at a forthcoming campaign against Cheney, an outspoken Trump antagonist who voted earlier this year to impeach the former president.

Former President Donald Trump will soon endorse a Republican primary challenger to Representative Liz Cheney in the hopes of unseating one of his strongest conservative critics.

Liz Cheney wearing glasses and looking at the camera: US Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, speaks to the media at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2021. Former President Donald Trump will reportedly endorse Harriet Hageman against Cheney in the Republican primary for Wyoming's only House seat. © MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images US Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, speaks to the media at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2021. Former President Donald Trump will reportedly endorse Harriet Hageman against Cheney in the Republican primary for Wyoming's only House seat.

Trump is set to publicly back attorney Harriet Hageman to challenge Cheney for Wyoming's at-large congressional seat—the state's only seat in the House of Representatives.

Washington Post: Trump to endorse Wyoming lawyer in effort to primary Cheney

  Washington Post: Trump to endorse Wyoming lawyer in effort to primary Cheney Donald Trump is planning to endorse a lawyer and former Republican Party official in Wyoming in an effort to primary GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, an outspoken critic of the former President who has drawn his ire for rejecting his claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. © Getty Images Citing conversations with a person familiar with Trump's decision, the Post said he is expected to make the endorsement on Thursday, throwing his support behind Harriet Hageman, an attorney in Wyoming who until this week had served as the state's national Republican committeewoman.

Cheney has been an outspoken critic of the former president and was one of just 10 Republicans members of the House to vote to impeach him following the deadly Capitol riot on January 6. She is also one of two Republican members of Congress appointed to the House Select Committee investigating January 6.

Hageman has previously been close to Cheney, advising her during her ultimately unsuccessful 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate and working on Cheney's 2016 House race, which Cheney won.

She also donated $500 to Cheney's Senate race and $1,500 to her House race, while their families have long been associated.

In 2013, Hageman said that her father, former state lawmaker Jim Hageman, had been a Young Republican with Cheney's father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Harriet Hageman: Trump endorses GOP challenger to Liz Cheney

  Harriet Hageman: Trump endorses GOP challenger to Liz Cheney Former President Donald Trump has endorsed a Republican primary challenger to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal critic of the former president who voted to impeach him earlier this year. © Mead Gruver/AP/FILE Harriet Hageman addresses a meeting in May 2018 of the Wyoming Business Alliance in Casper, Wyoming. In a statement Thursday morning, Trump said he is backing Harriet Hageman, an attorney and former Republican National Committee woman, for the GOP nomination in Wyoming's lone House district.

Several sources told Politico and The Associated Press on Wednesday that Trump would endorse Hageman in what may be the deciding factor in a race that has seen eight Republican challengers to Cheney emerge.

Wyoming's Casper Star-Tribune also reported on Wednesday that Hageman had met Trump in mid-August, citing two sources. Hageman reportedly received a call saying she had won his endorsement early last week.

Hageman ran for governor of Wyoming in 2018 and came third in the Republican primary, winning around 22 percent of the vote and beat businessman Sam Galeotos into fourth place despite the fact he outspent her.

Hageman resigned from her role as national committeewoman for Wyoming's state Republican Party on Tuesday, in what was interpreted as a final step before she officially announces her candidacy.

In her resignation letter, Hageman referred directly to Cheney and the state GOP's decision to censure her.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney tells Trump 'Bring it' after ex-president endorses primary challenger in Wyoming

  GOP Rep. Liz Cheney tells Trump 'Bring it' after ex-president endorses primary challenger in Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney told Donald Trump to "Bring it" after the ex-president endorsed a primary challenger to the Wyoming Republican on Thursday. Cheney has faced intense criticism from members of her own party for calling on fellow Republicans to abandon their loyalty to Trump. Trump also claimed in his statement that Sen. Cynthia Lummis, a fellow Wyoming Republican, also supports Harriet Hageman's bid against Cheney. Lummis' office told CNBC that the senator has not endorsed anyone in the House race but called Trump's endorsement of the attorney Hageman "inspired.

"I am proud of the direction the party has taken, and in particular, that we increased President Trump's vote percentage in Wyoming in 2020 to nearly 70 percent, compared to a little over 68 percent in 2016," Hageman said.

"I also believe that by censuring Rep. Liz Cheney we sent the strong message that we expect our elected officials to respect the views and values of the people who elected them. Accountability is key and I am proud of our party for demanding it," the letter said.

Hageman will have to defeat Cheney in the GOP primary in order to run as the party's candidate for the House in 2022. She will face Cheney along with other Republican challengers, including state Representative Chuck Gray and state Senator Anthony Bouchard.

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Pressure grows on anti-Cheney primary challengers to quit after Trump endorsement .
After former President Donald Trump endorsed Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman’s primary challenge against his top congressional Republican nemesis Rep. Liz Cheney, the rest of the candidates in the crowded primary field faced immediate pressure to end their campaigns and back his pick. © Provided by Washington Examiner But while two candidates have dropped out in light of the endorsement, at least four Cheney challengers say that they intend to stay in the race. The former president had long urged “JUST ONE CANDIDATE” to run against Cheney.

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