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By David Martin
Editor 

Wyoming should question Liz Cheney's intentions for Wyo.

 


Wyoming voters will have a tough choice on their ballots Nov. 8 when deciding if they want Liz Cheney or Ryan Greene to represent the state in Washington, D.C.

Cheney, who came out ahead of a nine-person field for the Republican nomination in August, has certainly poised herself to make a strong push during the last month of the campaign, having generated more than $1.4 million in donations.

One question voters should ask themselves is if Cheney is more interested in speaking for Wyoming, as opposed to speaking to Wyoming. Her campaign did not respond to multiple requests from the Jackson Hole News and Guide for comments on the presidential debate. She did however, appear on a nationally-syndicated radio show during that same time period, discussing her views regarding the threat she perceives Hillary Clinton being to Wyoming. Her campaign did not respond to my requests for comment regarding her campaign finances. Despite one’s personal opinions on journalism in Wyoming, anyone should start having serious questions about a candidate when they don’t reply local reporters’ questions, but happily talks about their views to a larger media outlet.

Would Rep. Liz Cheney be willing to address questions from Wyoming, or would she be content in visiting Wyoming only when it suits her interests? The precedent set doesn’t leave a positive answer to that concern.

Another question voters should ask themselves is if Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is for sale. More an 80 percent of her funding has come from sources outside of Wyoming. An unanswered question is why Cheney seeks so much from outside of the state. Why is she receiving so much from donors in Florida, Texas, New York and other states?

Unfortunately, the Cheney campaign’s silence does nothing to dispel the idea she’s more interested in the national scene, than Wyoming.

With the Cheney family’s influence, it’s hard to argue she wouldn’t be a powerful force for Wyoming.

If focused on issues truly impacting the state, she could do a lot of good.

However, if she is only focused on using Washington to push a national agenda that isn’t always aligned with Wyoming’s needs, the state could suffer from her election.

 

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