McDaniel says he still considers Cheney a Republican despite Wyoming’s Republican vote

President of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDaniel Texas State Legislator Leaves the Democratic Party for the Republican Party The Republican Party Sees Inflation as a Winning Issue The Hill’s 12:30 Report: All eyes on Rittenhouse’s murder trial MORE on Thursday he said he still considers Rep. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Gosar’s brother praises Ocasio-Cortez, calls brother ‘dangerous’ The Memo: Gosar censored, but toxic culture boosts House votes to censor Gosar and expel him from committees MORE (R-Wyoming) to be a party member after the Wyoming Republican Party voted to no longer recognize the Republican congresswoman.

“Obviously she’s still a Republican,” McDaniel said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.

“But from the point of view of a state party, I have a congressman or a senator who does not support his state party, who is not talking about electing Republicans on the ballot,” he continued. “What everyone should keep in mind is that a state party is the most popular body the state has. These are people who are running on their district committee and going to their county convention and advancing their state committee. and they really represent where the party is in their state. “

“So that was his decision to do that and then the voters will make a decision in the primary in Wyoming,” he said, adding that he wished Cheney was talking about electing more Republicans.

The Hill reached out to Cheney’s office for comment.

McDaniel’s comments follow the Wyoming Republican Party central committee vote 31-29 earlier this week not to recognize Cheney as a party member. That vote followed similar votes by Republican officials in about a third of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

Cheney’s office responded in a statement saying it was “ridiculous to suggest that Liz is anything but a committed conservative Republican.”

“She is bound by her oath to the Constitution. Sadly, a portion of Wyoming’s Republican leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle and instead been held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man, “said Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney.

Cheney has been the target of Republican ire for much of the year, after he voted to impeach the former President TrumpDonald Trump On The Money – Biden Warns Oil Industry Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Rises Cleveland MLB Team Officially Renames Guardians Friday MORE for his role in the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol and became one of the most outspoken critics of the former president’s party and its claims of voter fraud.

She is one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating that attack and has opposed her party on several issues this year, including on Thursday when she was one of two Republicans who voted in favor of censure the far-right representative. Paul gosarPaul Anthony Gosar Gosar’s Brother Praises Ocasio-Cortez, Calls Brother ‘Dangerous’ Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Grows Hillicon Valley – Presented By Ericsson – Iran-Linked Hackers Targeting Critical Sectors MORE (R-Ariz.).

In February, the same party state committee voted to censor Cheney.

She is slated to face four Republican rivals in the Republican primaries for her seat, including Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman, who has been endorsed by Trump.

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