Conservative Group Plasters Anti-Liz Cheney Billboards in Wyoming Protesters hold anti-U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., signs during a rally Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, outside the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)
By Jay Clemons | Friday, 06 May 2022 04:56 PM
The conservative group Wyoming Values PAC has embraced the signage game in Wyoming, plastering the state with anti-Liz Cheney billboards, while also touting one of Cheney's GOP House primary challengers, the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.
The large billboards, sporting the message of "Ditch Liz! Vote for Hageman" can be seen in larger Wyoming markets, such as Casper, Cheyenne (capital city), Laramie and Rawlins.
Republican strategists Andy Surabian and James Blair lead the Wyoming Values PAC, and are planning to keep the anti-Cheney billboards up until the state's Primary Day, Tuesday, Aug. 16.
"Wyoming Values will continue to aggressively expose Liz Cheney as the (Nancy) Pelosi puppet she truly is from now until election day," Surabian said in a statement.
Surabian added: "While Liz Cheney sold Wyoming out to the swamp, Harriet Hageman will fight for the conservative values Wyomings care about, and we're confident that she will defeat Cheney in August."
Why the Cheney loathing in Wyoming, especially since she's a legacy public servant in the state? (Her father was former congressman and Vice President Dick Cheney.)
For starters, Cheney routinely butted heads publicly with former President Donald Trump during his time in office (2017-21).
Last year, Cheney was stripped of her House Republican leadership position after standing with Democrats during President Trump's impeachment trial proceedings.
And Cheney is just one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6, 2021 panel, a group of nine congressional leaders (seven Democrats, two GOP — Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.).
Combine the above factors with Trump's massive popularity in Wyoming (69.5% of the vote during the 2020 presidential election), and it's easy to see how Cheney — whether fair or not — has garnered the moniker of a "RINO," a Republican In Name Only.
"Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet (Hageman) is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats' number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney," Trump recently wrote, along with the familiar tagline of "Make America Great Again!"
On May 28, former President Trump will travel to Casper, Wyoming, for a Hageman-focused rally.
Cheney still has public support in one corner: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks highly of the legacy Republican, calling her a "person of great courage and conviction."