Club for Growth goes after Cheney in ad, compares her to Clinton

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) speaks with reporters outside the Capitol
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The conservative group Club for Growth is releasing a new attack ad that tries to pin down Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as another Hillary Clinton.

The 30-second video starts off by showing photos of the former 2016 presidential candidate. 

“Remember? She benefited from a famous political last name. She sided with Nancy Pelosi and attacked President Trump when he was in office. She supported impeachment and she continues to attack President Trump today,” the ad says.

“Hillary Clinton? No, Liz Cheney,” and the photo of Clinton turns into Cheney.

Liz Cheney is wrong about Trump and she’s wrong for Wyoming in Congress,” the ad finishes.

The ad was first reported by the Casper Star-Tribune. 

In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for Cheney said, “Anyone who questions Liz Cheney’s conservative credentials is ignorant or lying.”

Cheney has drawn ire from former President Trump and other Republicans after she voted to impeach the president earlier this year over his role in inciting the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. She was ousted from her position as conference chair by members of her party, and she has continued to remain a vocal critic of the former president.

Most recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose Cheney as one her picks — and lone Republican — on a select committee that will investigate the events around the Jan. 6 attack, which the Republican congresswoman accepted, shocking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and others.

The ad follows an announcement that Trump made through his political action committee (PAC) Save America on Tuesday that he would be meeting with potential challengers of the Wyoming Republican incumbent at his golf club in New Jersey.

In his statement, he said that “some highly respected pollsters” informed him that Cheney was “toast.”

“This is a ‘hot’ race with some very interesting candidates running against her. Remember though, in the end we just want ONE CANDIDATE running against Cheney,” Trump said. “I’ll be meeting with some of her opponents in Bedminster next week and will be making my decision on who to endorse in the next few months. JUST ONE CANDIDATE. Thank you!”

Star-Tribune reports that Club for Growth spent over $40,000 on the ad: $13,720 on TV ad slots, around $9,000 on production costs and $18,000 on digital ads. The ad is set to run around primetime on NBC each night during the Olympics, including opening and closing ceremonies, and on digital networks in the Casper and Cheyenne markets, the news outlet reported. 

Though the ad does not endorse anyone specifically, Club for Growth has already met with potential challengers, according to the news outlet.

“We’ve met with all the candidates and are currently assessing their viability,” said Joe Kildea, Vice President of communications, according to Star-Tribune.  “We are working closely with Trump’s team to identify a candidate.”

The Hill has reached out to Club for Growth for comment.

Updated: 10:14 p.m.

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