Cruz endorses Trump-backed Cheney opponent Harriet Hageman in Wyoming congressional race

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EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ted Cruz is backing Harriet Hageman, Rep. Liz Cheney’s main GOP challenger, for Congress from Wyoming, Fox News Digital has learned, and is urging his “conservative colleagues to join” him in supporting her.

Cruz, R-Texas, told Fox News Digital he was “proud” to endorse Hageman for Congress.

“Harriet will be a rock-solid conservative congresswoman who will always defend the Constitution,” Cruz said. “She knows the importance of defending individual constitutional rights and fighting back against the federal government, which wants to grab more land and prevent people from providing for their families.”

Senator Ted Cruz spoke with Fox News Digital at the Turning Point USA conference in Tampa, Florida.
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Cruz added, “With Harriet in the House, Wyoming will always have a strong, principled, Constitution-loving congressman who will never forget who sent her there.”

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“I ask my fellow Conservatives to join me in supporting Harriet Hageman’s campaign today,” Cruz said.

Hageman told Fox News Digital that she was “honoured and grateful to have the strong support of such an inspiring constitutionalist senator like Ted Cruz.”

FILE - Former President Donald Trump picked Hageman, a front-runner, in his bid to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney, one of his most vocal critics.

FILE – Former President Donald Trump picked Hageman, a front-runner, in his bid to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney, one of his most vocal critics.
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“In many ways, Texas and Wyoming face the same struggles against the relentless onslaught of the federal government, and it will be nice to know that I have another ally in the other chamber when I get to Congress.” , Hageman said.

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Hageman then slammed her opponent saying “Liz Cheney has forgotten all of us here in Wyoming as she prepares for a presidential race or a commentator seat on CNN or MSNBC.”

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., gives her opening remarks as committee chair Rep.  Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., left, looks on, as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation , at the Capitol in Washington, on June 9, 2022.

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., gives her opening remarks as committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., left, looks on, as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation , at the Capitol in Washington, on June 9, 2022.
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“When I’m the next congresswoman from Wyoming, I’ll always remember who hired me for the job,” she said.

Former President Trump endorsed Hageman among several Republicans vying to unseat Cheney, R-Wyo., who voted to impeach Trump and is one of two Republicans on the House committee investigating his alleged role in the attack of January 6, 2021 against the Capitol.

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Cheney, however, is campaigning as a constitutional conservative who fought for “everyday Wyomings” against crippling regulation and government excess.

Wyoming’s primary election is scheduled to take place on August 16.

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