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Report: Trump meets with Cheney opponents Gray, Smith

Left: State Rep. Chuck Gray (Oil City File) Right: Cheyenne-based Attorney Darin Smith (Courtesy photo)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is facing a field of challengers in her bid for re-election to the Cowboy State’s sole seat in the United State House of Representatives during the 2022 election-cycle.

Former president Donald Trump met with two of Cheney’s challengers on Tuesday, according to The Hill. That includes State Rep. Chuck Gray (Natrona County) and Cheyenne-based Attorney Darin Smith.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard is not set to meet with Trump this week, but The Hill said that “a meeting in the future is not off the table.”

Cheney has faced criticism within the Republican Party for her criticism of the former president’s role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. She has been appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to a select committee investigating the events of January 6. Pelosi appointed a second Republican, Illinois U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to the select committee on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

Cheney challengers like Gray, Smith and Bouchard have attempted to capitalize on Cheney’s critiques of Trump and January 6 to siphon off her support in the upcoming election.

Gray on Tuesday said that Cheney “must be removed by the Republican conference.”

Smith said via Facebook on July 22 that “Cheney turned her back on us when she voted to impeach President Trump.”

Cheney’s campaign hauled in a record $1.2 million during the second quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, Gray’s campaign hauled in about $220,000, Bouchard’s campaign hauled in about $213,000 and Smith’s campaign reported about $177,000 in total receipts during the second quarter of 2020.

Cheney’s opponents may be seeking Trump’s support to gain support for their aspirations in Wyoming’s U.S. House race. The Hill wrote that the “challenger who earns Trump’s endorsement is also expected to enjoy a boost from associated ad campaigns and fundraising pushes.”