EXCLUSIVE: ‘Kevin Costner is a pretend rancher – I’ll take Wyoming’s support any day’: Liz Cheney’s GOP primary rival Harriet Hageman mocks her ‘Hollywood’ endorsement as SHE dominates polls ahead August 16 vote
- Attorney Harriet Hageman was asked about her rival Rep. Liz Cheney’s endorsement from Kevin Costner by DailyMail.com
- Hageman pointed out that Costner has supported Democrats in the past
- Liz Cheney’s critics have accused her of being more interested in national spotlight than her constituents in Wyoming
- The lawmaker has received bipartisan praise for her January 6 committee work
- But Wyoming Republicans told DailyMail.com in May that they feel Cheney has ‘lost her way’ hours before a Trump rally on Hageman’s behalf
- A late July poll has Hageman leading Cheney by more than 20 points
Harriet Hageman is running in Wyoming’s August 16 Republican primary to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney, the state’s lone lawmaker in the House of Representatives
Rep. Liz Cheney’s Republican opponent Harriet Hageman slammed the Wyoming congresswoman’s ‘Hollywood’ endorsement from Kevin Costner on Tuesday, exactly two weeks before their heated race comes to a close.
Hageman is an attorney whose bid to unseat Cheney as Wyoming’s lone lawmaker in the House of Representatives has garnered the support of Donald Trump.
The former president’s endorsement has been enough to skyrocket Hageman to the top of Wyoming GOP voter polls.
On the other side, Cheney’s high-profile role on the House January 6 committee has earned her bipartisan and high-profile accolades – fueling her critics’ accusations that former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter is out-of-touch with her local constituents and is more concerned with goings-on in Washington than Wyoming.
That perception was further fueled by Cheney’s endorsement from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner, Hageman suggested to DailyMail.com when asked for her reaction to the news.
‘Yellowstone is a good show, but Kevin Costner is a pretend rancher in a Hollywood production shot mostly in Montana, not Wyoming,’ Hageman said, referring to the show Costner is starring in.
‘And I’d bet that if he had to work a real ranch for a day, he’d call his agent to get him out of there.
She added, ‘I’ll take the support of the people of Wyoming any day of the week over a liberal actor who voted for Joe Biden.’
Cheney has been criticized by members of her own party for her work on the January 6 committee and vocal opposition to Donald Trump
Cheney unveiled the endorsement on Twitter, where she posted a photo of Costner clad in a black cowboy hat and a t-shirt that reads ‘I’m for Liz Cheney.’
‘Real men put country over party,’ the lawmaker wrote.
Hageman’s political adviser Tim Murtaugh retweeted the image with the actor’s shirt instead stating, ‘I’m for Liz Cheney leaving office.’
Murtaugh captioned: ‘This is better.’
Hageman’s campaign for Congress has largely focused on her own Wyoming roots.
She had grown up on a ranch in the state that was and is run by her family.
Hageman led Cheney by more than 20 points in a late July poll by the Casper-Star Tribune and Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy.
The challenger held a 52-percent majority in the survey, while just 30 percent of people backed Cheney. Eleven percent said they were undecided.
It appears Hageman’s message is resonating with Trump supporters in Wyoming as well.
At a Save America rally in Casper earlier this year, the one-time gubernatorial candidate received as enthusiastic of a welcome on stage as the former president did.
And Wyoming voters told DailyMail.com ahead of that May 28 rally that they felt like Cheney ‘lost her way.’
She touted the endorsement of Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner on Twitter on Monday evening
‘I’m gonna support Hageman,’ a man named Ed who was having breakfast at Johnny J’s Diner told DailyMail.com.
‘I’m pretty disappointed in Liz Cheney’s whole – just kind of everything that’s going on. She seems to have kind of lost her way. And I don’t know if, I guess it’s Trump loathing or something. I don’t know. She just does not seem to me like she’s American.’
His wife Liz said she was also supporting Hageman, ‘not because of Trump though.’
‘I’m voting because I don’t believe in Liz Cheney,’ she said.
Trump put Cheney on his list of political enemies when she voted to impeach him over last year’s Capitol riot.
Four of the ten House Republicans who voted to remove Trump have already announced their retirements.
Three are facing Trump-backed primary challengers on Tuesday.
Another, Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, lost his re-election bid to Trump-endorsed state politician Russell Fry.
Voters head to the polls in Cheney and Hageman’s race on August 16.