Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary, her campaign said Tuesday.
Liz Cheney, 46, is the elder of Dick Cheney's two daughters. Her announcement is a political challenge unlike anything Wyoming has seen for years, maybe decades.
Republicans in the state rarely challenge incumbents of their own party in national office. All three members of the state's congressional delegation and all statewide elected officials are Republican.
Liz Cheney is married and has five children. She hasn't been a longtime Wyoming resident but she and her husband bought a home in the posh northwest Wyoming community of Jackson Hole last year.
"I am running because I know, as a mother and a patriot, we can no longer afford simply to go along to get along. We can't continue business as usual in Washington," Cheney said in a statement.
Meanwhile, apparently aware that Cheney's announcement was imminent, Sen. Mike Enzi announced his bid for a fourth term. He made the announcement more than six months earlier in the political cycle than he has in the past.
"Working behind the scenes — this is what I have been doing since I was elected and this is what needs to be done," he said by email through his spokesman.
The race promises to be hard-fought. Enzi has had few serious Democratic opponents — much less Republican ones — and remains well-liked as an affable former shoe salesman and mayor of the coal-mining city of Gillette.
Enzi takes pride in keeping a lower profile and remaining much less partisan than most of his colleagues. He often refers to his "80-20" rule — that opposing parties usually can agree on 80 percent of the details of any given issue — as a model for Republicans and Democrats to work together.
Enzi handily won re-election in 2008 with more than 75 percent of the vote.....snip~
Liz Cheney to seek Wyo. Senate seat held by Repub.
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Great .....another Neo Con to take up a run. Now Cheney's Oldest daughter enters the fray.