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A majority of the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee voted in favor of censuring Rep. Liz Cheney during a hearing Saturday that the lawmaker decided to skip, because apparently she answers to nobody but herself.
During the hearing, 66 of the committee’s 74 members voted to censure Cheney for dishonoring former President Donald Trump by voting to impeach him last month.
“We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election. The Republican Party needs to put her on notice,” committee member Darin Smith said during the hearing, as reported by the Associated Press.
“Does the voice of the people matter and if it does, does it only matter at the ballot box?” fellow committee member Joey Correnti reportedly added.
The Wyoming GOP resolution said Cheney “violated the trust of her voters, failed to faithfully represent a very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters, and neglected her duty to represent the party.”
The committee also called on her to “immediately” resign, vowed to “withhold any future political funding” and demanded she refund any donations she received from state/local GOP offices during the 2020 election, according to CNN’s Daniella Diaz.
They are also calling on her to “immediately” resign and the party intends to “withhold any future political funding” from her. The motion also called on her to repay donations from the state GOP and any county Republican Parties to her 2020 re-election campaign.
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) February 6, 2021
The censure resolution has reportedly been endorsed by every Wyoming county GOP office that’s “heard” it.
“No county in the state has heard this resolution and ultimately voted it down. Seventy percent of the counties in this state took it up, and every single one passed it. That is the voice of the people,” Carbon County Republican Party Chairman Joey Correnti IV reportedly said after the vote, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
By being censured, Cheney has officially joined the ranks of the likes of Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, South Carolina Rep. Tom, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, and Washington Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Rep. Dan Newhouse.
All five congressional Republicans have also been censured in their respective states for having voted to impeach the former president.
For reasons that remain unclear (though there are some theories), Cheney skipped her own censure hearing:
Liz Cheney is a NO SHOW in the Wyoming hearing today. pic.twitter.com/cA4Pe91b1Q
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) February 6, 2021
She answers to no one evidently
— Notmuhprez (@notmuhprez) February 6, 2021
However, the Wyoming lawmaker did release a statement after the vote framing her decision to impeach Trump as a “defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees.”
“I’m honored to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress and will always fight for the issues that matter most to our state. Foremost among these is the defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution. Wyoming citizens know that this oath does not bend or yield to politics or partisanship,” she said.
“I will always fight for Wyoming values and stand up for our Western way of life. We have great challenges ahead of us as we move forward and combat the disastrous policies of the Biden Administration. I look forward to continuing to work with officials and citizens across Wyoming to be the most effective voice and advocate in defense of our families,industries and communities.”
Rep. Liz Cheney statement on Wyoming GOP censure: “My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution. Wyoming citizens know that this oath does not bend or yield to politics or partisanship.”
Full Cheney statement 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/KJPivfY2Zd
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) February 6, 2021
Yet the U.S. Constitution allows for legal challenges to presidential election results.
Nevertheless, some members of the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee have come to Cheney’s defense.
“Congresswoman Cheney is our representative, not our puppet. There are two primary understandings of what it means to be a representative in our political system; either you are to act as closely as possible as your constituents would act if they were in your place, or you are to act as you best see fit whether or not your constituents agree,” member Isaac Best said in a statement to the Casper Star-Tribune.
“I hold to the second understanding and believe that our federal system was largely intended to function according to that second understanding.”
Others meanwhile have echoed her call for unity.
“A Democrat is now in the White House, and we need to come together and forge a vision for what the Republican Party will be this coming decade. This infighting only weakens us and hurts our chances in the 2022 elections,” committee member Alex Muromcew reportedly wrote in a letter earlier in the week.
The problem is that Cheney is greatly disliked not only by many Republican officials on the state and national level but also by the Republican base. An Axios/SurveyMonkey poll published late last week found that she enjoys a favorability rating of only 14 percent.
The poll’s findings bode badly for the Republican Party on the national level, given as House Republicans voted last week to keep Cheney installed as the chair of the House Republican Conference.
As for Republicans in Wyoming, their decision to censure Cheney will likely earn them kudos from the base.
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