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Liz Cheney will challenge Republican incumbent Mike Enzi

By Laurie Bennett

July 17, 2013 at 7:18am

Can you claim to be the new GOP when you’re Dick Cheney’s daughter?

Liz Cheney is going to try, declaring yesterday that she would challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Michael B. Enzi in a Wyoming primary.

She’s relying not only on her name, but on the financial network her father has built over the decades.

Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney

Although Cheney just moved back to Wyoming last fall, her father is ensconced in the resort community of Teton Pines, where he is neighbor to lots of generous Republican donors.

The former VP tapped quite a few of them last year, when he hosted a $30,000-a-head fundraiser for the Romney campaign.

He’ll no doubt return to those donors for help in his daughter’s campaign. (We should note that Dick Cheney was not a contributor to Enzi in his last election, in 2008.)

Whether Wyoming Republicans will open their wallets remains to be seen. Oldtimers rarely like a nasty primary fight.

Republican Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming’s at-large representative in the House, didn’t mince words.

“I don’t know that anybody can out-conservative Mike Enzi,” she told reporters Tuesday.

“It is a unique strategy to live your entire life elsewhere and then come to a state a year before you’re going to announce you’re going to run for that state’s highest office,” she added.

“Hillary Clinton could pull this off in New York. In my opinion, Liz Cheney cannot pull this off in Wyoming and I’m disappointed that she’s decided to try.”

Here’s Liz Cheney’s announcement video:

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