Republican Abandons Own Party

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On Tuesday (November 1), during an interview on PBS with journalist Judy Woodruff, Rep.Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) waded into the Ohio Senate race, backing Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan rather than GOP candidate J.D. Vance.

Cheney was adamant during her interview with Woodruff, stating, “I would not vote for J.D. Vance.”
Woodruff asked Cheney a follow-up question about whether she would vote for Ryan if she was a registered voter in Ohio. Cheney quickly responded, “I would.”

Cheney’s responses are unsurprising as the outgoing lawmaker has already endorsed another Democrat candidate Elissa Slotkin.

Cheney, who is vice chair of the January 6 Committee, has fallen out of favor with those within the GOP. In August, Cheney, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, lost her primary race to a Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman.

Her decision to condemn Trump’s actions surrounding January 6, 2021, has alienated her from many of those within the GOP — especially those who are loyal to Trump, like Vance.

Vance, who initially criticized Trump, has warmed up to the former President going as far as to call him the “best president of my lifetime.”

His fierce support of the former President hasn’t gone unnoticed, as Trump has lent his backing to Vance, allowing him to emerge as the GOP’s Senate candidate in Ohio.

Vance has also peddled unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen, telling the Youngstown Vindicator last year: “There were certainly people voting illegally on a large-scale basis.”.

Statements like these are likely what’s behind Cheney’s adamancy that she wouldn’t be voting for those supporting claims of election fraud in 2020.