Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney came under fire from her GOP rival, incumbent Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, after telling a Tea Party gathering terrorists are recruiting followers in U.S. mosques.
The pair squared off at a picnic in Emblem, Wyo. -- the first time they've been at the same event since Cheney announced her candidacy in July.
According to the Casper Star-Tribune,
Fox News terrorism analyst Wayne Simmons, who worked for the CIA, contended hundreds of mosques are springing up on the East Coast, where they could then recruit terrorists and launder money.
“The liberals of the world would have you believe
they are practicing freedom of religion,” Simmons said, the paper reported. “That is nonsense.”
Cheney agreed, saying Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric who preached at U.S. mosques, is thought to have communicated with Fort Hood shooter Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.
“I do think that we know that recruitment goes on through mosques,” Cheney declared.
Enzi shot back, saying he didn't know of any terror recruitment going on in mosques, and warned: “We have to be very careful with our religious freedom, that we don’t give up our Bill of Rights,” the paper reported.
The pair also clashed on strategies to fight federal policies hurting the state.
“You don’t have to look any farther than Gillette,” she said, referring to slumping coal prices that some blame on Washington's "war on coal" -- and Enzi's home.
“If she thinks that I’m not involved in the war on coal, I’ve lived there,” Enzi said -- a veiled slap at her absence from the state before announcing her candidacy.
“I know it’s the energy capital of the nation. I’m working desperately to make sure this administration will do the right thing with coal. But I warned people this president, when he ran the first time, said he was going to end coal, and I’ve seen nothing that would change that."
Local Tea Party chairman Rob DiLorenzo told the Powell Tribune
it was relatively easy to get the political rivals together for the first time.
“They are all asking me, how did you get Enzi and Cheney both to agree to attend,” he said. “I tell them, ‘I asked.’”
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