Barbara Bush was correct when she said, ‘there have been enough Bush’s in the White House.’ Another statement could be made of equal importance; ‘there have been too many Cheney’s in political office.’ Liz Cheney has thrown her tiara into the ring in Wyoming and is making her first election bid.
Cheney will challenge incumbent Senator Mike Enzi in the Republican primary.
Cheney, who, by all observations, mimics her father’s political positions, moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last year.
“I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” Cheney said.
Like her father, she has been a major critic of President Obama.
“Wyoming needs a strong voice in Washington,” she said, as she railed against President Obama and his policies on a host of issues. “Someone who isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right. I will never compromise when our freedom is at stake.”
Senator Enzi said he believed he and Cheney had a friendship, and had discussed the 2014 election.
“She said that if I ran, she wasn’t going to run, but obviously that wasn’t correct,” Enzi said.
Senator Jerry Moran is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He said that Cheney’s announcement Tuesday was not unexpected, but came earlier than he had believed. He also said that the GOP will continue to back Enzi in the mid-term election.
“The purpose of the Senate campaign committee is to support Republican incumbents, and we will be doing everything we can to be of assistance to Sen. Enzi,” Moran said.
Wyoming publication, ‘The Cody Enterprise,’ denounced Cheney’s announcement.
“It’ll be the end of her in Wyoming politics,” the newspaper editorial said. “But at 46 she has plenty of time. There’s a long list of good candidates around the state waiting for an appropriate opening to run for one of Wyoming’s eight statewide elective offices. And even with her heady attributes, given her liabilities, plenty of them could beat her.”
Dick Cheney served as Wyoming’s only congressman from 1979 to 1989, and was popular among voters. He is also friends with Enzi.
Could there be another Cheney in political office? Liz Cheney is making an election bid, but is her name enough to carry her in the sparsely populated state of Wyoming?
Alfred James reporting