Wyoming Dem Battling Liz Cheney Touts Backing From Group That Works ‘Shoulder-to-Shoulder’ With Clinton

Ryan Greene / Greene for Congress Facebook page
October 18, 2016

The Democratic candidate competing against Republican Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s at-large House seat boasted about receiving an endorsement from a liberal organization that works "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Hillary Clinton on policy harmful to the state’s energy sector.

Ryan Greene’s campaign announced on Facebook last Thursday that the Democratic candidate had received backing from the Alliance for Retired Americans, or ARA, a subsidiary of the trade union group AFL-CIO.

The D.C.-based ARA previously supported legislation that would tax the windfall profits of oil and energy companies, despite Wyoming’s energy sector making up the state’s biggest industry. Greene himself works as operations director for his father’s energy company, Greene’s Energy Services, which was started nearly two decades ago and flourished under the state’s energy boom.

The ARA also advocated for a second economic stimulus package in 2008 and supports keeping Obamacare intact despite insurance premiums in the state expected to increase by another seven percent this year. The group also backed legislation that would weaken the filibuster to streamline President Obama’s appointments to the federal bench.

Last week, the organization released a video of Clinton discussing the time she has spent "working shoulder-to-shoulder" promoting liberal policies while touting her campaign slogan, "Stronger Together." The Democratic presidential nominee has a 100 percent lifetime voting recording from the alliance.

Greene’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Greene and Cheney will face off in their first and only election debate on Thursday. Wyoming has not elected a Democrat to Congress in 40 years.