April 8, 2022

McConnell Donates to Cheney Reelection

  • The Hill

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Thursday, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he is donating to Rep. Liz Cheney’s reelection campaign. Liz Cheney has been a controversial figure in the Republican Party for her opposition to Trump and willingness to work against her colleagues in the House. Cheney’s campaign opponent has been endorsed by former President Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. McConnell’s donation illustrates the rift between major leaders in the Republican party.

The Background: 
A big race that could determine which way the Republican Party is headed is about to happen in Wyoming.

Rep. Liz Cheney, who was booted from Republican leadership for her support of the January 6th impeachment campaign, is set to face a tough challenger in Harriet Hageman. Hageman has a huge contingent of pro-Trump GOP leaders including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Jim Banks (R-IN), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R). 

Cheney, on the other hand, is being supported by the Republican establishment. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell contributed to her campaign as well as former President George Bush. Cheney is the daughter of Bush’s former Vice President Dock Cheney.

McConnell refused to comment on whether or not he will be appearing with Cheney at campaign events. 

According to the New York Times, Cheney is not even going to Republican events: “Cheney hasn’t appeared at a state Republican Party function in more than two years and hasn’t been to an in-person event for any of the party’s 23 county chapters since 2020.”

Notable Quotes: 

“Liz Cheney has lost Wyoming. Liz Cheney doesn’t live in Wyoming. She doesn’t represent us. She doesn’t represent our values.” - Harriet Hageman.

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