Liz Cheney’s PAC spends $500,000 in Arizona to defeat GOP nominee Kari Lake

Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer on NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ handling of migrants being bused from Texas, Rep. Liz Cheney’s defeat and where the GOP stands ahead of the 2022 midterms. Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is targeting Arizona Republicans for defeat with a new $500,000 ad buy from her […]

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is targeting Arizona Republicans for defeat with a new $500,000 ad buy from her PAC attacking the GOP nominees for governor and secretary of state. 

“I don’t know that I have ever voted for a Democrat, but if lived in Arizona, I absolutely would,” Cheney says in a new 30-second ad released Friday.  

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Rep. Liz Cheney appears on "Meet the Press"

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) appears on Meet the Press in Washington, D.C. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. (William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The ad, titled “Honor,” features remarks Cheney gave earlier this month in Tempe, Arizona, at an event hosted by the McCain Institute. Speaking at Arizona State University, Cheney said that Arizona GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and Secretary of State nominee Mark Finchem should be defeated because they questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

“If you care about the survival of our republic, we cannot give people power who will not honor elections,” Cheney says. “We must have elected officials who honor that responsibility.”

Donald Trump embraces Kari Lake

Former U.S. President Donald Trump (L) embraces Arizona Republican nominee for governor Kari Lake, who he has endorsed, during a campaign rally. (Mario Tama/Getty Images / Getty Images)

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Cheney’s group, The Great Task, is an anti-Trump PAC that takes its name from a phrase in President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The group says it is “focused on reverence for the rule of law, respect for our Constitution, and a recognition that all citizens have a responsibility to put their duty to the country above partisanship.” 

The congresswoman, who lost her primary race in August to pro-Trump candidate Harriet Hageman, has previously invoked Lincoln’s legacy in calls for the Republican Party to reject former President Donald Trump and “cult of personality.” 

Republican candidate Harriet Hageman waves to supporters.

Harriet Hageman, Republican U.S. representative candidate for Wyoming, speaks during a primary night watch party in Cheyenne, Wyoming, US, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.  (David Williams/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

“We’ve to get this party back to the principles and values on which it was founded,” Cheney told NBC’s “Today Show” in August. 

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As vice chair of the Jan. 6 Committee, Cheney has sought to prove that Trump incited the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and has endorsed Democratic candidates for Congress over Trump-supporting Republicans in the 2022 midterm campaign. 

On Thursday, Cheney endorsed Michigan Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin over her Republican opponent, state Sen. Tom Barrett. 

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