The Republican National Committee took formal measures last weekend to censure Representatives Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Liz Cheney (WY), two Republican members who have been particularly critical of former President Donald Trump. The members were not just censured, but also may be vulnerable to replacement, with the RNC providing funding to Cheney’s primary opponent, Harriet Hageman, a candidate endorsed by Trump last September.
As indicated by reporting from the Washington Post, a certain change to Rule No. 11 could completely unravel these RINOs chances at reelection. Friday’s formal censure recognized Hageman as the party’s “presumptive nominee,” sidestepping incumbent Cheney’s position. The censure is not merely a ceremonial gesture, but a grand strategy to kick Cheney out of the race. So far Cheney has the upper hand in fundraising, holding a full $5 million compared to Hageman’s $500,000. Nevertheless, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, though refusing to answer questions directly, indicated that the national party might be able to supply Cheney’s opponent with “money, volunteers, data, and other things” since the adjustment to Rule 11.
The report also cites Doug Heye, who was formerly the communications director for the Republican Party. He said that the Rule allows the party to send Cheney’s opponent money, a factor “which would not be insignificant,” according to him.
Hageman’s primary struggle in her efforts to replace Liz Cheney has been financial. Cheney’s especially successful fundraising efforts this year have put her opponent’s far behind so far.
The efforts to undermine Cheney are not the first signs of the Wyoming Republican Party’s issues with the incumbent candidate. Last February, the state party censured Cheney for her decision to vote in favor of impeaching Trump, an effort that Cheney was very vocal about.
Cheney has also participated on the kangaroo court January 6 select committee as a vice-chair, attacking Trump supporters directly and aiding Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Author: Scott Ramirez