With new news that Elon Musk is among guests at a Wyoming event hosted by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, the same day Representative Liz Cheney faces a potential primary loss backed by a Republican establishment familiar with the plans.
McCarthy declined to confirm or deny Musk’s presence. “I’m not going to talk about that,” he said in a telephone interview from his hotel room in Teton Village, Wyoming.
Elon Musk, whose SpaceX operates in McCarthy’s Bakersfield California-area district, has donated to Republican and Democratic candidates and campaign committees since making his first contributions in 2003.
His biggest investments, about $128,900, have been in committees involving McCarthy. He is also becoming increasingly vocal on political issues, with an event at a Teton Village resort away from Cheney’s home.
It is yet another example of how the state’s lone House representative has become alienated within the Republican Party due to former President Donald Trump’s outspoken and persistent criticism of the primary role for a party leader in the House in the US Capitol rebellion. It is unusual to campaign against an incumbent.
McCarthy, who hopes to be elected Speaker of the House if he wins control of the chamber after November’s midterm election, quickly threw his support behind conservative lawyer Harriet Hageman McCarthy, a staunch Trump ally.
She said in interviews that she believed Heijman would beat Cheney and that she was going to be a great representative for Wyoming.
His verbal attacks on Cheney have contributed to the trouble of the three-term incumbent in Wyoming.
The latest poll in the state by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center showed that 57% of potential Republican primary voters support Heijman while only 28% support Cheney.