Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Liz Cheney Running for Senate

This should be fun to watch.

Republican Liz Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, will challenge Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in 2014, she announced Tuesday, a move that appeared to irk the senator, who announced on the same day that he is running for reelection.

“I am running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” Cheney said in a nearly six-minute Web video announcing her candidacy. In the video, Cheney sharply criticized the Obama administration, arguing that the ”federal government has grown far beyond anything the pioneers of our great state ever could have imagined or would have tolerated.”

Obama, she said, “has launched a war on our Second Amendment rights, he’s launched a war on our religious freedom, he’s used the IRS to launch a war on our freedom of speech, and he’s used the EPA to launch a war on Wyoming’s ranchers, our farmers and our energy industry.”


Enzi seemed upset with the news when he spoke with reporters afterward, noting that Cheney had previously said she wouldn’t run if he decided to seek reelection.

“Obviously that wasn’t correct,” Enzi said.

Asked about his relationship with Cheney, he said, “I thought we were friends.” And Enzi admitted that Cheney’s ability to raise funds from Republicans nationwide might complicate his efforts. “Money raising’s always been a problem for me,” he said.

Wyoming is far too red a state for there to be much hope that this primary battle will give the Democrats much of a chance to sneak this one through… but that’s also what they said about Indiana last year when they nominated a far-right wingnut to replace Richard Lugar and Joe Donnelly, the Democrat, won.

A lot of mainstream Republicans are not wild about Liz Cheney running; they think it could be a career-ender for her.  So this could be a popcorn race.