Released Audio Contradicts Claim Cheney Left GOP Opponent a 2-Second Message After Primary Loss
Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) primary opponent, Harriet Hageman, alleges that she did not receive a concession call after her primary election victory.
But an audio recording is refuting that story.
Politico’s Olivia Beavers tweeted Wednesday night, “EXCLUSIVE: I’ve obtained audio from the Cheney campaign of the concession voicemail Rep. Liz Cheney’s (sic) left for Harriet Hageman last night.”
“The audio contradicts the narrative Hageman gave on Hannity tonight that she ‘didn’t address any kind of concession or anything else,'” she added.
The clip displays a text that reads “8.16.22 Cheney Concession Call,” and a man is heard saying, “AP’s calling it.”
Cheney is then heard saying, “Hi, Harriet, it’s Liz Cheney. It’s about 8:13 on Tuesday the 16th.”
“I’m calling to concede the election and to congratulate you on the win. Thanks, bye-bye,” she added.
Listen to the audio below:
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve obtained audio from the Cheney campaign of the concession voicemail Rep. Liz Cheney’s left for Harriet Hageman last night.
The audio contradicts the narrative Hageman gave on Hannity tonight that she “didn’t address any kind of concession or anything else.” https://t.co/SZTxyyEmTn pic.twitter.com/LodE9YVVIW
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) August 18, 2022
The release of the message came hours after Hageman appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” and told host Sean Hannity that the Wyoming Congresswoman only left a “two-second” message.”
“There wasn’t a phone call. While I was going in and getting ready to do my acceptance speech last night and had just arrived at the watch party, she called and left a very brief two-second message on my cellphone. That’s the extent of it,” Hageman said.
She added, “I haven’t had any other contact with Liz Cheney. She only made the one effort. And all she said was just ‘Hello, Harriet,’ and then that was the end of it. So she didn’t call and discuss with me any kind of concession or anything else.”
Hannity interjected to ask, “She just said, ‘Hello, Harriet’ and hung up?”
“That was the end of the call, yes,” Hageman said.
Hageman: There wasn’t a phone call… She called and left a very brief two second message.. All she said was hello Harriet.. She didn’t call and discuss any kind of concession.. pic.twitter.com/rlYiYaG2pS
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 18, 2022
Cheney lost her primary bid to Hageman by roughly 40 points.
CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten reports that her loss “appears to be the second worst for a House incumbent in the last 60 years, when you look at races featuring only one incumbent.”
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