Rand Paul announced on Wednesday that he is throwing his full support behind Sen. Mike Enzi, who is set to battle Liz Cheney in a Wyoming GOP primary in 2014, Politico reports.
“I’ve told him I’ll do anything I can to help him,” Paul said. “In fact, somebody asked me today if they could use my name, and I said I’d be happy to sign on and do a fundraiser for him.”
Paul hinted that Cheney’s challenge might backfire against her.
“I don’t think it probably will be helpful in the long run,” Paul said.“I’m pretty sure Senator Enzi will be able to hold off against any primary challenge. In doing so there will be some people that won’t be so happy with the primary challenge, that might bear grudges.”
The 46-year old Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, launched her campaign Tuesday with a video calling for a “new generation of leaders to step up to the plate.”
While Cheney spent time in Wyoming as a child, she’s hardly a familiar face around the state, although she did move her family from Virginia to Jackson Hole last year.
Paul thinks Cheney has an uphill battle against a politician whose roots are dug in deep in the Equality State.
“Mike Enzi has probably been to every town in Wyoming,” Paul said. “He’s the kind of guy who spends the time to get to know people in a town of 600 people, he’s been there.And I think that’s going to be difficult for someone who’s new to the state to get to meet the same people with the same degree of personal relationship that he’s been able develop with the people in Wyoming.”
Paul said his colleagues in the Senate have spoken of Enzi in only the most positive ways.
“I would say that I have heard nothing but support for Senator Enzi,” Paul said.“I haven’t heard anyone say they’re considering not supporting him.”
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