It’s official. Liz Cheney will seek to unseat Senator Mike Enzi for Wyoming’s senior U.S. Senate seat.
Via Twitchy and the AP.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — 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.
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 in national office. All three members of the state’s congressional delegation and all statewide elected officials are Republican.
Yet Cheney’s interest in the seat has been an open secret for months. Last year, Cheney and her husband bought a home in the posh northwest Wyoming community of Jackson Hole. She has been in the public eye in recent years as a Fox News political commentator.
She’s also been speaking frequently at Republican Party events in the state.
US Sen. Mike Enzi also announced Tuesday he was planning to seek a fourth term, making clear he was seeking re-election bid more than six months earlier than he has in the past.
“Anybody can get in the race that wants to get in the race. There’s at least one person that’s trying to get me to retire,” Enzi said earlier this month at a constituent meeting in Pine Bluffs. He declined to say who he was referring to, “No, people can judge who they think that is themselves,” he said.
Read more here.
Update by Steve
Update II by Doug: A little over a week ago, I discussed one of the biggest problems I have with Mike Enzi:
As you’ll recall, he teamed up with Dick Durbin to co-sponsor a Senate bill which would impose a massive new internet sales tax just four months ago. Such a cumbersome bureaucratic mess like that would be harmful even in a good economy but, as Stacy noted at the time, it would be particularly disastrous in the Obama economy. There’s no way I can square a vote for what amounts to a national sales tax increase with a “reliably conservative record”. Conservatives are supposed to oppose government expansion, not co-sponsor bills with liberals to facilitate it.
This is not necessarily an endorsement (on my part) for Liz Cheney, but she has the right to compete. Competition is a good thing. And the U.S. Senate could certainly use some new blood.