RAWLINS, Wyo.—The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly to censure Rep.
Only eight of the 74-member state GOP’s central committee stood to oppose censure on Saturday in a vote that didn’t proceed to a formal count. The censure document accused Ms. Cheney of voting to impeach even though the House didn’t offer Mr. Trump “formal hearing or due process.”
“We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election,” said Darin Smith, a Cheyenne attorney who lost to Cheney in a Republican House primary in 2016. “The Republican Party needs to put her on notice.”
Ms. Cheney said in a statement after the vote that she remained honored to represent Wyoming and will always fight for the issues that matter most to the 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,” she added.
Republican officials said they invited Ms. Cheney, but she didn’t attend. An empty chair labeled “Representative Cheney” sat at the front of the meeting room.
Ms. Cheney joined nine other Republican representatives and all Democrats in the House in voting for impeachment on Jan. 13. Just three months after winning a third term with almost 70% of the vote, she already faces at least two Republican primary opponents for the coming 2022 election.
She remains the third-ranking member of the House GOP leadership after a 145-61 vote by House Republicans on Feb. 3 to keep her as the conference committee chair.
Wyoming censure opponents mainly came from Casper, the state’s second-largest city, and the Jackson Hole area near Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
“Let’s resist this infusion of left-wing cancel culture to try to censure and get rid of anybody we disagree with,” said Alexander Muromcew, with the Teton County GOP.
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