In her campaign to earn a fourth term representing Wyoming in the House of Representatives, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has reached the point of desperation.
Cheney’s outspoken opposition to former President Donald Trump and participation in the Pelosi-assembled Jan. 6 committee has sparked a wave of outrage in Wyoming and driven Republicans in the state to back Harriet Hageman, her Trump-endorsed primary opponent.
Hageman leads Cheney in the race by more than 30 points, according to some polls, and the gap between the two Republican candidates has shown no signs of narrowing with two weeks left before the Aug. 16 primary.
In a tweet posted Monday, Cheney showed just how out-of-touch she’s become with state Republicans and the Wyoming electorate in general. The tweet contained a picture of the actor Kevin Costner wearing a shirt that said, “I’m for Liz Cheney,” and was captioned, “Real men put country over party.”
Real men put country over party. pic.twitter.com/7FaJpahtll
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 1, 2022
While the show of support from a Hollywood star might have at least meant something if the actor were a Republican, or even a Wyoming resident, Costner is in fact neither: he lives in Aspen, Colorado, and supported both Barack Obama and President Joe Biden during their presidential bids.
Although Costner’s support is unlikely to do anything to sway actual Wyoming voters, his and other Hollywood figures’ backing of Cheney has certainly helped her struggling campaign financially.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) data shows that liberal California has contributed more than any other state to the Cheney campaign, which has received money from such Hollywood elites as studio mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer Kevin Bright and director Gary Ross.
Hageman, by way of comparison, has raised more than $1.2 million from the people of Wyoming — more than four times the amount Cheney has received from voters in the state.
According to Brad Coker, whose polling firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found that 54% of Wyoming voters were less likely to support her because of her Jan. 6 committee involvement, Cheney’s defeat is a “foregone conclusion.”
“The big story is Liz Cheney is going to be beat,” Coker said. “That’s a foregone conclusion.”