The Republican primary battle in Wyoming has taken an increasingly personal turn from both sides, as Liz Cheney- daughter to former Vice President Dick Cheney- challenges incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi.
Former VP Cheney jumped right into the waters over the weekend, as The Hill reports:
The former vice president predicted confidently that his daughter would win the contest and took a swipe at Enzi for suggesting he and the Republican senator are friends.
“Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true. Never happened,” Cheney said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
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“Mike has a record, if you go back and review his finances, of getting about 84 percent of his campaign funds from Washington-based PACs. That’s more than any senator of either party. He doesn’t get much money from Wyoming,” Cheney told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “In the quarter just reported, Liz got 25 percent of her funds from Wyoming; he got 13 percent of his from Wyoming. She outraised him in the last quarter, over a million dollars in the first quarter out there.”
The race has even divided influential conservative commentators. Radio talk show host Sean Hannity is backing Cheney, while Mike Huckabee is now endorsing Cheney, as The Hill also reports:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is backing Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) over Liz Cheney (R), he announces in a new ad.
“Mike Enzi is a champion of life and liberty,” Huckabee says in the television spot. “Mike’s a principled conservative — he’s not the kind of guy that has to wake up each morning asking himself ‘what do I believe?’ Mike has always voted to protect traditional marriage and he believes that a mom and dad just do a better job raising kids than a government ever can do. Mike brings Wyoming values to Washington — not the other way around.”
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has an idea that would solve two political problems for the price of one carpetbagger. “Why didn’t Liz Cheney move to South Carolina?” Coulter said at a bloggers’ briefing Wednesday.
“She hasn’t lived in Wyoming for, what, at least a decade? If she moved to South Carolina we could all rally behind her.” Coulter is, of course, complaining about how Cheney jumped into the Wyoming U.S. Senate race to unseat Sen. Mike Enzi, a fellow Republican. Whereas, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s, R-S.C., tea party challengers are not that exciting to Coulter.