Retired Army colonel launches primary challenge against Cheney

Retired Army colonel launches primary challenge against Cheney
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Retired Army Col. Denton Knapp on Monday became the latest Republican to launch a primary challenge against House Republican Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (Wyo.) as she prepares to face a key vote this week that will determine if she stays in leadership. 

“What’s missing right now is trust in our elected officials,” Knapp told the Gillette News Record. “Wyomingites expected Cheney to vote a certain way and she didn’t. As a result, she’s going through consequences.”

Knapp graduated from high school in Gillette, Wyo., and currently resides in California. He told the local publication that he plans to move back to Gillette. 

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Five other Republicans have also filed paperwork to run against the Wyoming congresswoman. 

Cheney has faced backlash from the right for voting to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE earlier this year after a pro-Trump mob violently attacked the Capitol after attending a rally headlined by the then-president in Washington. 

The Republican congresswoman has since been vocally critical of Trump, warning members of the GOP that they should not follow his lead and repeatedly condemning his false claims that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him.

House Republicans are preparing to oust Cheney from her post as conference chair on Wednesday. Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse GOP campaign arm rakes in 0M in 2021 JD Vance raises more than million in second fundraising quarter for Ohio Senate bid US looks to ward off Ukraine conflict in talks with Russia MORE (R-N.Y.) is expected to seize the position. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFormer acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (R-Calif.) voiced his support for Stefanik on Fox News on Sunday. Trump has also gotten behind Stefanik, saying she is key to the GOP winning back the House in 2022. 

"We need someone in Leadership who has experience flipping districts from Blue to Red as we approach the important 2022 midterms, and that’s Elise!" he said in a statement. "She knows how to win, which is what we need!"