Liz Cheney Running for Senate—Against Republican
She will challenge incumbent Mike Enzi in Wyoming
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 5:48 PM CDT
Liz Cheney in a 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – Liz Cheney announced today that she's running for the Senate in Wyoming next year, reports AP. The news isn't a huge surprise, notes Slate, but it's especially interesting because of one salient fact: She's trying to oust a fellow Republican. And that Republican, 69-year-old Mike Enzi, immediately announced that he'd be seeking a fourth term, thus setting up what may be the most interesting Senate primary of the bunch. Enzi even sounded "wounded" by Cheney's move, observes the Hill. "She said that if I ran she wasn't going to run, but obviously that isn't correct," he said. "I thought we were friends."

As for Cheney, the 46-year-old daughter of Dick Cheney says in her video that "I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate." Politico notes this take from Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer: “I’m a big fan of Liz Cheney," he tweeted. "But not in this race." He added that "divisive, internal GOP fights aren’t helpful. No need to create this one.” No matter which Republican wins the primary—followed by almost certain victory in the general election—the party stands a decent chance of recapturing the Senate.)

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Jul 22, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
If Ms. Cheney wanted to carpetbag it and she could do some good, she could have run for senator from one of her other home states like Virginia or Illinois, where she could run against nanny state supporters (Durbin; Warner), or she could run for governor of Virginia (the GOP has problems there). I don't know that much about Senator Enzi, but anyone who voted against TARP can't be all bad, and 69 isn't that old.
Jul 17, 2013 12:34 PM CDT
What do you expect from someone who has "Zealot" imprinted in her genes?
Jul 17, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
Decent chance of reclaiming the Senate? You mean the party that keeps losing presidential elections? The one that is constantly behind the U.S. citizenry when it comes to social issues like immigration (also an economic one), gay marriage, the drug war and union busting? Not likely.