Wyoming Legislator Calls on GOP Chair Eathorne To Resign After Mentioning Secession

This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily

At least one Republican legislator isn’t happy with Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne’s recent statement that he’s looking with interest at fringe efforts in Texas to secede from the nation.

Rep. Landon Brown (R-Cheyenne) on Tuesday called on Eathorne to resign for his comments about former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s podcast regarding his interest in secession.

“Floating the idea of secession as a party plank or statement is contradictory to my stance as a Republican,” Brown tweeted. “This idea is pathetic and ill advised – I am appalled that our chairman thinks he has this authority.”

Eathorne has received national attention for last week’s comments on Bannon’s show.

“We are straight talking, focused on the global scene, but we’re also focused at home. Many of these Western states have the ability to be self-reliant, and we’re keeping eyes on Texas too, and their consideration of possible secession. They have a different state constitution than we do as far as wording, but it’s something we’re all paying attention to,” Eathorne said.

The idea of secession, however, was too extreme even for Bannon, who said he is  “absolutely, 1,000% against any even discussion of secession.”

Rep. Brown told Cowboy State Daily that Eathorne’s comments in this instance and others have been too divisive for Wyoming.

“Frank Eathorne has done nothing but ostracize Republicans who don’t agree with him,” Brown said. “He does not represent the values of the Reagan-era GOP and I think we need to support Republicans in the party, not fractionalize the way our chairman has done.”

Eathorne and the Wyoming Republican Party have been critical of Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s call for impeachment of President Trump.

“We are receiving the message loud and clear that what happened yesterday [Cheney’s vote for impeachment] is a true travesty for Wyoming and the country,” said a statement from the Wyoming Republican Party.

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Fred Osborn
1 month ago

As Bush said once “you are either with us or against us”…it’s not hard to tell which side some in Wyoming are on.There is no place for anyone in America to be trash talking what this once great nation has stood for.

Robin Potter
1 month ago

From a purely economic standpoint seccesion would be a disaster for WY. The federal government owns a lot of land in WY and it could become off limits. No more grazing rights, entrances to Yellowstone and Grand Teton closed in WY (only accessible through Montana). Passports necessary to get out of WY. All of these measures would destroy the WY tourist industry. And those are just a few things that may make WY a little less self reliant than Mr. Eathorne thinks.

Clark Guelde
1 month ago

Realistically Wyoming isn’t big enough to go it alone. But if other states started seceding Wyoming could probably join them. Just the fact that secession and even civil war are being openly talked about shows how much trouble the United States is really in. We’ve had a pretty good run but I think if we don’t get our act together the game is probably up fairly soon.

Last edited 1 month ago by Clark Guelde
Mitch Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Clark Guelde

well said Clark

Dean Seever
1 month ago

That would be a bad idea, we have oil here! The US would invade at the behest of some megacorporation that wants to plunder our resources! And even if that doesn’t happen, the CIA will freely give enough weapons, training, money, and supplies to any lunatic fringe group willing to overthrow our democracy!

Richard Weber
1 month ago

Rep Landon Brown is a RINO (closet Democrat) with a 10% conservative rating according to WYORINO. This site reports on how our elected representatives vote on issues in their day to day jobs. His criticism of Chairman Eathorne is suspect.

Richard Weber
1 month ago

Rep Landon Brown comments are suspect. He has a 10% Conservative rating on his report card from WYORINO which rates how our elected representatives vote on legislative issues. The site helps constituents who cannot attend legislative sessions due to COVID clarify the job performance of their representatives.