Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) is just one of two Republicans sitting on the House’s January 6 Select Committee and serves as its vice-chair. She knew that by doing so, there was a good chance she would lose her seat. But the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney has grit. And she is fighting for America’s very democracy.
Naturally, her polling has been way behind her opponent’s numbers especially given that she is quite busy in Washington D.C. Plus Donald Trump’s endorsement of her opponent did not help matters. However, she came up with an idea to help her, The New York Times reported.
As she fights for our democracy, Cheney has asked the Wyoming Democrats to change their party to Republican, so that they can vote for her in the primary on August 16. The Democrats in Wyoming will have the opportunity to help her save our democracy, which held on January 6 but only by a single silk thread.
Cheney sent all of Wyoming’s Democrats instructions showing them how to “change their party affiliation.” Her campaign also set up a link on its website about how to change party affiliation.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) did not waste a moment kicking her out of her party’s leadership. She said, according to MSNBC:
‘We must go forward based on truth. We cannot both embrace the “big lie” and embrace the Constitution. I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.’
With representatives running every two years, she has been severely handicapped, because the security detail she must have prevents her from having large events. They are simply too dangerous to her life.
Wyoming Democratic Party Chair Joseph Barbuto said that he has been inundated with Democrats talking about the mailers Cheney sent out:
‘I haven’t had any Republicans share online or tell me that they received it.’
Cheney was one of the few Republicans courageous enough to vote to impeach Trump after January 6’s failed coup. The vice-chair said:
‘That is not something that I have contemplated, that I have organized or that I will organize [and] work hard for every single vote.’
Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler said:
‘[Cheney was] proud to represent all Wyomingites and is working hard to earn every vote.’
Barbuto was not positive about this ploy:
‘Even if every Democrat in the state switched over, I don’t think it’d be enough to help her.’
Her primary challenger, Harriet Hageman’s campaign called this a “political flip-flop,” which was tired, former vice president Al Gore’s language. Hageman’s campaign manager Carly Miller said:
‘Liz Cheney told The New York Times that she wouldn’t be encouraging Democrats to raid the Republican primary, but I guess the drive to hold onto power is just too strong for her to keep her word. What Cheney doesn’t understand is that Democrats will drop her like a bad habit after she’s no longer useful to them on the Jan. 6 committee.’
Cheney has been fighting the odds, but given what she is fighting for on our behalves, it may be a rare opportunity to help her save democracy.
In the past six months registered Republicans in her state increased by 1,689. Conversely, the number of Democrats dropped by 1,303. At this time, those Republicans outweighed the number of Dems four-fold.
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