Harriet Hageman defeated Liz Cheney in Wyoming’s Republican House primary. Hageman, who will easily defeat meager Democratic opposition, is preparing to assume office. She was in Washington last week, not for preparation but to sue the EPA over its 2015 Gold King Mine catastrophe measures.
Hageman spoke with reporters in Washington about her victory over Cheney, what it means, and her intentions for the future.
How’d she beat Cheney? Why? “One is, I’m a good candidate, and I’m going to be a good member of Congress,” Hageman said. Hageman ran a Wyoming-focused race. She described her 30-plus years as an attorney representing ranchers, farmers, energy producers, and more on “water and natural resources concerns, property rights, constitutional rights.” Hageman fought for Wyoming. “Some people, especially in D.C., may think I was running against Liz Cheney. I was running for Wyoming. I ran for our issues.” Wyoming wins this way.
Hageman perceived Cheney’s most significant challenge as voters believing she’d left Wyoming. Hageman said Cheney rarely visited and “never explained her votes, decisions. Hageman stated that Cheney just abandoned Wyoming,” revealing that she had utilized the state for power but not Wyoming’s interests. When voters think you’ve gone to Washington and neglected your constituents, you lose elections.
Hageman triumphed. And now? A talk with her exposes her deep feelings about Wyoming, especially its natural riches, and her skepticism of federal regulatory bodies that advise Wyomingites how to exploit them.
The state produces more coal than West Virginia and Pennsylvania combined and is also a major oil and natural gas producer. It has uranium resources and raises livestock. Hageman said Wyoming provides food, gas, shelter, and paved roads. Many in the coal, oil and gas, mining, and meat industries feel attacked by the Democratic administration and liberal activist groups. They feel threatened, therefore, that’s why. “Wyoming is one of the largest targets of the Biden administration in terms of attempting to destroy our economy,” Hageman says.
She wants to stop or fight back against this in Congress. Ask her for details, and she discusses the “Roadless Rule,” which restricts wood cutting and most other applications of federal land. 48% of Wyoming is federally owned. She talks a lot about BLM, the Bureau of Land Management. She may discuss RFID ear tags, which federal authorities want for all Wyoming livestock.
These aren’t spectacular topics that garner news coverage in Washington, which has been captivated by Cheney’s Jan. 6 committee. Wyomingites feel strongly about these subjects.
Hageman has presented “Regulation Without Representation” speeches for years. She argues Congress has ceded lawmaking to regulators. It’s time to reduce these agencies’ power and scope and have Congress revert to passing laws that the administration enforces. It’s a classic conservative argument of government overreach. This is a common opinion in Wyoming.
Looking at Wyoming GOP primary in context of last night’s speech: The ‘MAGA’ candidate talked about issues–land rights, water rights, energy, burdensome federal regulation. Lots of issues. The other candidate talked about Trump, Trump, Trump. Issues won. https://t.co/OdXXkHM7mL
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 2, 2022
Harriet Hageman campaigned on it. Liz Cheney discussed Jan. Hageman profited from Trump’s support. The last time the two chatted was the day following the election — “He was pretty happy,” Hageman asserts. When asked if she wants Trump to run in 2024, she noted that he won Wyoming with 70% of the vote in 2020. Hageman said, “If he chooses to do that, I will support him.” Again asked if she wanted that, she responded, “I miss President Trump. His policies were great for the U.S. and Wyoming.”
Those comments are unpopular outside Trump’s 70% Wyoming vote. Hageman regarded Trump as more of an issue, not a controversial figure. She recalls talking about regulatory change and energy independence with Trump as president. Two main aims of the Trump administration are also two big goals of Harriet Hageman, an attorney, congressional candidate, and Wyoming’s next house member.