Trump has launched into a monthslong seek for a challenger to endorse within the race to unseat Cheney, who has blamed Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and was one among 10 Home Republicans to again his impeachment. The previous president has interviewed a number of different candidates along with Hageman, together with lawyer Darin Smith and state Rep. Chuck Grey. Trump’s eventual endorsement, his aides hope, will elbow out different candidates and forestall a splintered major that would permit Cheney to win renomination with a plurality.
Hageman could be an unconventional candidate, ought to she select to run. She donated to Cheney’s 2014 and 2016 campaigns and served on Cheney’s management staff throughout her short-lived 2014 Senate run. She lavished reward on Cheney in a 2018 Fb post and, as of Tuesday night, her website included a picture of her with the congresswoman.
However Hageman pointedly criticized Cheney in her Wednesday letter, saying that the state Republican Social gathering’s choice to censure the congresswoman “despatched the sturdy message that we count on our elected officers to respect the views and values of the individuals who elected them. Accountability is vital and I’m pleased with our occasion for demanding it.”
Hageman has served on the Republican Nationwide Committee for a yr. Social gathering guidelines don’t explicitly prohibit sitting committee members from working for workplace, however the follow is mostly frowned upon.