Within minutes of the race being called on Monday, Cheney sent a smug tweet, responding to a weeks-old public letter from Lake thanking Cheney for opposing her campaign.
“You’re welcome,” Cheney said in a tweet that also tagged Lake’s account.
Weeks earlier, Cheney appeared in a pricey ad urging voters in Arizona to reject Lake and Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state who also was declared the loser in his contest. Both Lake and Finchem were backed by former President Donald Trump and pushed claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever voted for a Democrat, but if I lived in Arizona, I absolutely would,” Cheney said in the ad from the Great Task, a multicandidate PAC sponsored by the congresswoman. “If you care about the survival of our republic, you cannot give people power who will not honor elections.”
Lake then tweeted out a letter thanking Cheney for what she said was a “generous in-kind contribution” to her campaign.
Cheney fell out of favor with many in her party with her criticism of Trump and her role as vice chairwoman of the Jan. 6 committee.
The congresswoman, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was defeated in her primary but stayed in the national spotlight in the general election cycle of the midterm elections, including backing Democrats. There are whispers among Democrats that they might vote for her as speaker when it comes up for a vote on the floor next month. The woman who defeated Liz Cheney in the primary, Harriet Hageman, won her general election contest for the at-large district in Wyoming.