Challenge Ahead for Sen. Barrasso

Submitted: October 20, 2017

By, Aaron Groff

Steve Bannon, former top advisor to President Donald Trump, fighting the Republican establishment. 

Thrown into battle - Wyoming Senator John Barrasso. 

Barrasso is the 4th ranking member of the GOP Senate. Last week, both the New York Times and Washington Port reporting candidates urged by Bannon for a primary challenge. 

"Maybe there is a sense he is taking things for granted and not paying enough attention to the 'Trump revolution.' This would be a warning shot," said Erich Frankland, Casper College Political Science Chair. 

First was the Times report about Erik Prince, co-founder and former CEO of private military company, Academi, more well know by its former name, Blackwater. 

The next day, the Post reporting GOP mega-donor Foster Friess is considering a run. 

Trump's former Wyoming State Director Bonnie Foster says the decision to go against Bannon might date back to the campaign. 

"He never really came out and said that he supported him until down to the very last wire," said Bonnie Foster, former Trump Campaign State Director.

Trump's fight with Congress continues into his presidency. Despite a Barrasso-Trump relationship heightened by the health and human services offer, Foster says Bannon is likely insprised by the failed of healthcare reform."

"I think it has a lot to do with healthcare. That healthcare is huge" Foster said. ""I pay 918 dollars a month. Something needs to be done."

So could either of these candidates actually win the primary? The signs point to Friess being the more probable of the two options, but still unlikely."

"I see Senator Barrasso still winning," Foster said. "Foster Friess has always been the money behind the canadidate, versus maybe stepping in. And Mr. Prince doesn't even have residency yet. 

"It would take an awful lot to defeat Barrasso in a primary race," Frankland said. "If he does run, he would have the financial resources, but doesn't have much name recognition."

Senator Barrasso won his 2012 primary race with nearly 90 percent of the vote.