Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, attended a fundraiser retreat in Wyoming that was hosted by Republican Home Chief Kevin McCarthy — hours earlier than Liz Cheney was defeated in Tuesday’s major, Fox Information has realized.
The occasion was held at a resort in Teton Village, close to Jackson Gap, on the identical day Cheney, the longtime Republican consultant, misplaced to Trump-backed nominee Harriet Hageman.
A supply informed Fox Information that McCarthy and Musk led a fireplace chat with supporters, Home members and Republican candidates.
The occasion was closed to the press.
The Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee fundraising occasion was hosted “virtually in Cheney’s yard,” Enterprise Insider reported.
The occasion comes as Musk has embraced the Republican Get together in current months and has grow to be extra politically vocal over Twitter. Musk is presently embroiled in a authorized battle over his $44 billion deal to buy the social media large.
Publicly, McCarthy refused to substantiate or deny Musk’s attendance on the occasion. The Republican chief clarified that the occasion was open for “members, donors and candidates.”
Musk and McCarthy share a novel relationship as SpaceX conducts operations in Bakersfield, Calif., which falls throughout the district McCarthy represents.
Beforehand, Musk has donated to each events and has beforehand mentioned he has voted for Democrats. Earlier this yr, Musk revealed that he voted for a Republican candidate for the primary time ever. He mentioned he forged a poll for Mayra Flores who claimed victory within the particular election for Texas’ thirty fourth Congressional District.
Musk additionally additionally beforehand predicted a large crimson wave is coming in 2022 and prompt he’s leaning towards voting for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president, ought to he determine to run in 2024.
On Tuesday night, simply earlier than the Wyoming retreat was set to start, Musk tweeted that he was a supporter of “the left half of the Republican Get together and the proper half of the Democratic Get together.”
Former Division of State spokesperson Morgan Ortagus posted a selfie with Musk on Tuesday night time. She captioned it, “Bucket checklist #selfie. Thanks @elonmusk.”
It’s unclear precisely the place the image was taken.