Republican Rep. Liz Cheney planned to campaign for Michigan Rep. Alyssa Slotkin on Thursday, and for the first time a critic of former President Donald Trump, who lost the GOP primary, formally crossed party lines to support the Democratic politician. have done it.
Cheney, who represents Wyoming, announced his support for his aide, who represents Hawley, Michigan, for two terms in the House of Representatives, in a Slotkin campaign statement. He said he plans to headline a campaign event with Slotkin in the Lansing-area district next Tuesday.
Slotkin is running against Republican state Senator Tom Barrett for Michigan’s seventh congressional district. Both sides believe the competition is too close, which is why securing a majority in the House in the November 8 election is one of the main objectives of the Republicans in their campaign.
Cheney and Slotkin serve on the House Armed Services Committee, but their shared experience in the federal government goes back even further. Cheney worked at the State Department before starting his political career, as did Slotkin, who also served in the CIA and the Defense Department.
Both have been vocal critics of Republicans, who have tried to downplay the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Cheney is the deputy chairman of the House Special Committee investigating the attack, a panel that recently issued a subpoena. Trump to testify.
“I have come to know Alyssa as a good and honorable public servant,” Cheney said in a statement included in Slotkin’s campaign ad.
“While Alyssa and I have political disagreements with each other, at a time when our country is facing threats at home and abroad, we need thoughtful, responsible and genuine members of Congress like Alyssa.”
For his part, Slotkin was one of the first advocates of the formation of a special panel to investigate the attack.