A large majority of state Republican delegates rejected a resolution to party officials to recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported on Friday.
The resolution would have instructed the Wyoming GOP to declare that the former vice presidential candidate remains a Republican despite last month claiming to have abandoned her GOP affiliation as soon as her mother, former U.S. Senator and longtime conservative stalwart Senator Dick Cheney, who is now wife to former Olympic speedskater Mary Cheney, told her daughters that she and her husband voted for Democrat Evan Bayh in the 2016 Indiana Senate race.
“I’m not quite sure what’s in that resolution, but we are going to work through that and beat that sucker down,” former Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, told reporters before the 2016 Senate race, in which Bayh won 50.5 percent of the vote to 47.5 percent for his Republican opponent. “The truth of the matter is, Mr. Bayh is running as a Republican.”
Mary Cheney wrote an op-ed last month in the Washington Post about how the GOP is “changing so quickly that it sometimes feels more like a left-wing movement than a national Republican Party.” She cited a pro-LGBTQ push within the party, and an attempt to purge anti-LGBTQ Republicans from Wyoming’s Republican ranks as examples of how the party is changing.