An angry feud between former Republican Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson and Lynne Cheney is heating up, with Simpson accusing the former second lady of a "bald-faced lie" for disputing his account
of how she told him to "shut up" at a Saturday reception.
Simpson said Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, told him to "shut up" multiple times following a discussion of his support for incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi in his primary against Cheney's daughter, Republican Liz Cheney, The Hill reported
"In all of my 35-40 years of public life in Wyoming, I've never been called one particularly offensive name — and that is, a liar," Simpson wrote to The Cody Enterprise
"And this is what Lynne Cheney said in her statement about this sad evening, and I quote her: 'As to the story posted on Facebook I have to admit I am at a bit of a loss. That simply did not happen.'
"And that twisted comment is one damn bald-faced lie and I have had a belly full of it! I have never been called a liar before and it sure as hell won't work this time."
"Now I know folks can go into the old pitch of 'he said, she said' and so I'll just leave it to the good people of Wyoming to know who is telling the truth here," Simpson wrote. "I lay my reputation flat on the line before my fellow Wyomingites who know Ann and me, but I sure don't have to take that guff from anyone – whenever – whoever – ever!"
The Hill reported Simpson's support of Enzi gives him a boost in the primary race against Liz Cheney -- but the shut-up dustup could hurt her attempt to knock off Enzi in a race where Enzi already has a strong edge.
Both Simpson and Lynne Cheney agree the feud started at a fundraiser in Laramie.
Simpson said Cheney overheard him talking about his support of Enzi. Lynne Cheney, in an email statement through a Cheney campaign spokeswoman, disputed that, according to The Casper Star-Tribune
"It was about Al's blowup ... in Laramie, when my 15-year-old granddaughter asked him to sign a football to be used to raise money for cancer patients in Rock Springs," Lynne Cheney said in the statement reported by the Star-Tribune. "Al was rude to my granddaughter, and I told him he was out of line. The topic was not Mike Enzi."
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