Cheney faces new challenger for seat amid growing GOP backlash

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is dealing with a fourth GOP main challenger, with Denton Knapp, a retired US Army colonel who’s at the moment based mostly in California, turning into the newest to announce his candidacy. 

Knapp’s announcement on Monday comes as Cheney — the No. 3 Republican within the House and highest-ranking GOP girl in Congress — has come below hearth from her colleagues over her criticisms of former President Donald Trump, with a vote anticipated to happen on Wednesday that can possible result in her ouster from her management publish. 

He told the Gillette News Record he plans to relocate again to Wyoming the place he graduated from highschool in 1985 to hop into the race. 

Knapp cited Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump over Jan. 6 Capitol riots as one of many elements that spurred him to run. 

“What’s missing right now is trust in our elected officials,” he informed the publication. “Wyomingites expected Cheney to vote a certain way and she didn’t. As a result, she’s going through consequences.”

Denton Knapp announced his candidacy to run in the Republican primary against Liz Cheney for Wyoming's seat in the House of Representatives as her latest competition.
Denton Knapp introduced his candidacy to run within the Republican main towards Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s seat within the House of Representatives as her newest competitors.

Businessman Darin Smith, who introduced his candidacy on Friday, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, state Rep. Chuck Gray, Cheyenne resident Bryan Eugene Keller and former Pavillion Mayor Marissa Joy Selvig have additionally jumped into the race to probably turn out to be the at-large consultant for The Cowboy State. 

The pro-Trump faction of the social gathering has been extremely essential of Cheney’s rebukes of the previous president, with embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) having hosted a rally in her residence state earlier this 12 months calling for her ouster. 

Cheney’s calls for the social gathering to maneuver on from Trump and cut up from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Trump-related points have landed her in sizzling water along with her convention, with a variety of notable lawmakers together with McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) calling for her to be replaced in management, with critics arguing that her rhetoric has hindered her skill to assist lead the social gathering’s messaging efforts. 

The Capitol riots on Jan. 6 marked a breaking point for some Republicans in supporting Donald Trump and instead voting to impeach.
The Capitol riots on Jan. 6 marked a breaking level for some Republicans in supporting Donald Trump and as an alternative voting to question.

Despite the inflow of backlash, Cheney — the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — has stood by her place, arguing that the vote to oust her as convention chair comes down as to whether members of management can converse the reality. 

She has repeatedly pushed again on Trump’s declare he received the election and highlighted the Jan. 6 assault whereas making her case on the place she believes the path of the social gathering ought to go. 

Trump has been vocal in his calls for her ouster from each management and her seat, releasing a number of statements calling for her elimination. 

Rep. Elis Stefanik has been endorsed by Kevin McCarthy to take over Liz Cheney's House seat.
Rep. Elis Stefanik has been endorsed by Kevin McCarthy to take over Liz Cheney’s House seat.

While Cheney overwhelmingly survived an try to oust her from management in February, renewed calls for her elimination started to emerge through the House GOP retreat in Florida, the place she cut up with McCarthy on the scope of the Jan. 6 fee, mentioned that those that challenged the election outcomes must be disqualified from being the 2024 presidential nominee and didn’t rule out a bid herself. 

With McCarthy and Scalise backing the ouster and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) locking down votes to interchange her in management, Cheney is left with a slender path in retaining her convention chair place — which might come as a blow to her total reelection odds. 

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