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Liz Cheney 'Very Interested' in Congress Run

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Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, told Newsmax she was seriously considering a bid for the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s at-large U.S. House seat in 2016. “I’m very interested in the race and will make a decision soon,” Cheney told me on Wednesday night.

She added that she has no timetable regarding the seat that fellow Republican Cynthia Lummis is relinquishing.

Almost immediately following the retirement announcement of stalwart conservative and three-termer Lummis (whose husband died earlier this year), talk of Cheney seeking the House seat her father held from 1979-89 was rampant.

Three years ago, University of Chicago Law School graduate Cheney surprised many fellow Republicans by announcing a challenge to the renomination of Sen. Mike Enzi, a fellow conservative. Although the two differed on few issues, Cheney, much like the young John F. Kennedy in his first House race in 1946, campaigned as a young leader for a new era. She eventually withdrew from the race for personal reasons.

So far, there are two announced candidates for the all-important Republican nomination for Lummis’s House seat: Tim Stubson of Casper, speaker pro tem of the state House of Representatives and corrections officer Jason Senteney, who ran as a “non-politician” opponent to Lummis in the 2014 primary.

“Tim’s a good man but he voted for Wyoming joining the Medicaid exchange, which our governor [Republican Matt Mead] strongly opposed,” former Wyoming State Sen. and past Young Republican National Federation President Jack Mueller told us, “That won’t help in a Republican primary.”

Wyoming GOP Chairman Matt Micheli told us he has “had several conversations with Liz Cheney about a [run for Congress]” but emphasized he is neutral in the race and that “we will have several good candidates running for Cynthia Lummis’ seat." 

Work frequently takes Cheney and attorney-husband Philip Perry to Washington D.C., However, as she quickly told us, their main residence is in Wyoming and that four of their five children are in schools there (the eldest is in college). Several of the children are stars in basketball and ice hockey, Cheney proudly noted.

Unsaid but certainly in talk about the Republican nomination for the at-large seat from Wyoming is the state’s history of being warm to the idea of women in office.

In 1924, Wyoming made history when Democrat Nellie Tayloe Ross became the nation’s first woman governor. In 1962, Republican Thyra Thomson was elected secretary of state two years after the death of her husband, Rep. Keith Thomson (who was elected to the Senate in 1960 but died before taking office) and served for twenty-four years.

In 1994, Republican Barbara Cubin became the first woman to hold Wyoming’s House seat and, upon her retirement in 2010, she was succeeded by Lummis.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.




 

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