GOP Senators Stand With Enzi in Face of Cheney Challenge

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Monday, 29 Jul 2013 12:01 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Republican senators are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to support Sen. Mike Enzi's re-election, refusing to be enticed by a politically star-studded name like Liz Cheney.

According to Politico, even though the three-term Wyoming senator is facing a challenge from the daughter of the former vice president, Washington colleagues from across the conservative spectrum are unwavering in their support for a man they say is a strong, effective and committed legislator.

Cheney, who on July 16 announced she would challenge Enzi in the 2014 GOP primary, said the support Enzi earns from Capitol Hill is little worry to her and will carry little weight in the state.

"Wyoming voters know very well that the Washington establishment is the problem," Cheney told Politico.

Enzi has said he appreciates the Washington support, but has downplayed its importance in what could be a bruising race.

"My favorite people supporting me are the people of Wyoming, and they're the only ones that get to vote," Enzi told Politico. "There have been a couple of polls that have come out recently, and I'm grateful to the people of Wyoming that recognize the work that I've put in."

It doesn't appear that Cheney can count on the connection from her father's network either. Many of his old supporters say their contact with the former vice president has been scant in recent years.

"I don't know why in the world she's doing this," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, who calls Dick Cheney one of his best friends.

According to Politico, the Utah Republican spun out a list of reason Enzi deserves re-election,, describing him as an "honest and decent, hard-working" lawmaker who happens to hold some "very important positions in the Senate."

"These," Hatch said, "are all things that would cause anybody to say, 'Why would anybody run against him?'"

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