Cheney balks at carpetbagger talk

2013-07-17T20:00:00Z 2013-07-26T23:03:18Z Cheney balks at carpetbagger talkBy KYLE ROERINK Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Liz Cheney spent her first day on the campaign trail bolstering her Wyoming ties during her two stops in Casper and Cheyenne on Wednesday.

Skepticism about Cheney’s status as a true-blue Wyomingite arose at her first press conference as a congressional candidate at the Parkway Plaza Hotel. Many have questioned whether her return to the Cowboy State was purely political since she moved to Wyoming from Virginia more than a year ago.

Surrounded by her aunt and uncle — Casper residents Mark and Linda Vincent — Cheney sought to provide an early rebuttal to the claims that she is a carpetbagger.

The daughter of the former Wyoming lawmaker and vice president, Dick Cheney, was quick to dismiss any comments about her residency as nothing more than fodder for people who don’t want to talk about political “substance.”

She touted her days as a student at Park Elementary and Dean Morgan Middle School in Casper and cited her early years on the campaign trail as an 11-year old knocking on doors with her dad. She doesn’t hesitate to call herself a “fourth generation Wyomingite” who knows and cares about the state’s issues.

“Wyoming has always been my home,” Cheney said. “It’s always been a place we returned to. It’s where my heart is.”

Cheney was born in Wisconsin and went to college in Colorado and law school in Illinois. She spent much of her working career as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., and had two brief stints at the State Department.

But in reference to Casper, she said, “This is my hometown.”

After announcing her congressional bid on Tuesday, Cheney is now tasked with taking on an institution in Wyoming politics, senior Sen. Mike Enzi.

With more than 16 years under his belt in the Senate, Enzi is known as a conservative who’s able to reach across the aisle with Democrats.

But in an era when Washington is overrun with dysfunction, Cheney said it is time to relinquish the old guard and make room for a new generation that will “stand and fight.” She didn’t criticize Enzi during the conference, but she expressed a fear of the policies and regulations coming out of the nation’s capital.

Cheney singled out the Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency and Obamacare as three big threats currently facing the nation.

In the center of Cheney’s target is the EPA. She said she will help roll out the carpet for America’s next “economic renaissance” by laying the groundwork for policies that will take full advantage of Wyoming’s energy reserves.

She is a staunch supporter of the coal industry, saying that President Barack Obama is waging a war on one of Wyoming’s three biggest natural resources and revenue generators.

Since 40 percent of the nation’s electricity is derived from coal and 40 percent of the nation’s coal comes from Wyoming, a lot is at stake if federal regulations inhibit more production in Wyoming, she said.

“We need a new kind of leadership” in the coal industry, she said.

Aside from the energy industry, Cheney has other bones to pick with the EPA.

A recent leak by the EPA to left-wing environmental groups of private information from more than 80,000 of the nation’s ranchers and farmers is one example of how the administration and federal agencies skirt the law, Cheney said.

“It’s a clear violation of privacy law,” she said.

Fifty of the names and corresponding information came from Wyoming, she said.

The environmental groups had filed a Freedom of Information Act request, and the EPA said it made a mistake in releasing the proprietary information. A group of 24 U.S. senators sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency why it released the information. Enzi and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., signed the letter.

She supports a repeal of Obamacare, and fears that the role of the IRS in implementing the law could spell trouble for the country. The health care law requires the IRS to collect even more private information from citizens at a time when the agency has been caught targeting political groups, she said.

On the issue of immigration, Cheney said she doesn’t support any bill that would provide amnesty for those who are currently living in the country illegally. She would have voted “no” for the current legislation floating between the House and Senate.

State Rep. Bunky Loucks, R-Casper, attended the press conference. With 13 months until the primary, Loucks — like much of Wyoming — doesn’t know which Republican candidate will get his vote.

“I am happy with Enzi,” he said. “I just had dinner with him. But Liz brings a lot of new things to the table. We need people who can stop federal overreach. She can.”

Barrasso and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., have both endorsed Enzi.

“I served in both the Wyoming House and Senate with Mike Enzi before becoming his congressional colleague in Washington,” Lummis said in a press release. “He knows Wyoming issues inside and out and works hard for the people of the Cowboy State. Mike is a good friend and I support him now and will in his future endeavors.”

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  1. Pops
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    Pops - October 18, 2013 3:31 pm
    Cheney is not an unknown family name in Wyoming. If she thinks that is an advantage she is intellectually impaired. Daughter of Darth Vader come forth.
  2. Big Evan Diehl
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    Big Evan Diehl - July 23, 2013 7:10 pm
    Carpetbagger. It's insulting to the people of Wyoming.
  3. limmo
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    limmo - July 21, 2013 11:51 am
    That should be
    ...attended Colorado College...
  4. limmo
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    limmo - July 21, 2013 10:23 am
    Ms Cheney's parents were from Wyoming, but how long exactly has Ms Cheney actually lived or worked in Wyoming? According to Wikipedia, she was born in Wisconsin in 1966 (probably when parent/s in grad school). She says in her campaign literature that she attended Park Elementary and Dean Morgan Junior High in Casper but doesn't say for how long. It says she left Wyoming when she was 12 but how old was she when she arrived. Since her dad was in and out of government jobs in the DC from area from about 1969 on before coming back to Wyoming to run for the office he was elected to in 1978, might not her family have lived in DC with dad during much of the time he worked there? How many years exactly did Ms Cheney actually attend Park and Dean Morgan? According to Wikipedia, Ms Cheney attended College College, law school in Chicago, and her oldest four children, at least until recently, have attended private school in Virginia. It appears both she and her husband have lived and worked in the beltway during their adult years. Have they ever worked in Wyoming before last year? Are they working in Wyoming now? Have the kids enrolled in Wyoming schools? If so when? Did Ms Cheney and husband sell a home in the DC area when they "moved" to Wyoming.

    Why doesn't Ms Cheney run from Virginia since, no matter what her "ties" are to Wyoming, that is where she grew up and where she CHOSE to live and raise her family...until now? To me, this is an issue of who best can represent the people of a state, any state, but which in this case will be an issue for Wyoming voters. Do any of us anywhere want "us" or a political class who comes from Washington only intending to get back there with more power than they had when they left after getting elected from a state where their ties are tenuous paying lip service to representing the state but by running a national election campaign. Will all elections go national or will states attempt to maintain more local representation the way the constitution intended?
  5. Sassy
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    Sassy - July 19, 2013 8:31 pm
    Tomatoe- Tomato - Creek - Crick....
  6. Cowboy Logic
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    Cowboy Logic - July 19, 2013 8:17 am
    What’s sad is Liz brings out the best of the best in you liberals. Look at the comments here on this blog. Same ol bunch still picking complaining and calling names. Can any of you carry on a decent conversation without your stand by name calling? Most conservatives wouldn’t vote for Liz, why the sarcasm? Doesn’t your vocabulary present anything but negative comments?
  7. side oiler
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    side oiler - July 19, 2013 6:39 am
    Good comment.
  8. side oiler
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    side oiler - July 19, 2013 6:39 am
    LIZ is NOT what Wyoming needs,one Cheney was one too many.
  9. side oiler
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    side oiler - July 19, 2013 6:38 am
  10. side oiler
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    side oiler - July 19, 2013 6:38 am
    Man,are you delusional.
  11. side oiler
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    side oiler - July 19, 2013 6:38 am
    We don't have to listen to HER on any issues,we already know she is another extension of her pops,and one is enough.
  12. bobaloo
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    bobaloo - July 18, 2013 10:33 pm
    Amazing to me how where you were born serves as a qualification for anything. Like...I knocked on my Mother's womb and said, " Excuse me, can you go to Wyoming? I'm about to pop out." None of us had control over where we were born. Listen to her on the issues, then make your decision..
  13. DK
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    DK - July 18, 2013 5:25 pm
    She has my vote, a fresh face, fresh ideas and maybe get away from the good ol boy club! And she is against the sales tax on internet sales. Enzi supports internet sales tax, more burden on Wyoming citizens.
  14. billy
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    billy - July 18, 2013 3:35 pm
    She looks kind of tired in these pictures, must be from all that moving around. Probably better get some rest before the big battle.
  15. Reason
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    Reason - July 18, 2013 2:23 pm
    I can't wait to vote for Liz Cheney. Those who are bashing her in these comments have obviously never met her in person. She is exceptionally intelligent, conservative socially and fiscally, and will bring much needed clout to the state of Wyoming. Try to keep an open mind and take the opportunity to meet her in person. There will be many chances to do that in the next year. Mike Enzi has done a good job during his years in DC, but he is becoming more liberal with every passing year, while Wyoming is still a conservative state. Liz Cheney's clear conservative message and fresh perspective will make everyone in Washington DC pay attention to what she has to say on behalf of our state. And as far as her being a "carpetbagger", if you took everyone out of Wyoming who wasn't born here, you'd have nothing left but antelope and wind-blown prairie. Get over it! Liz Cheney is EXACTLY who Wyoming needs in the US Senate.
  16. Sassy
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    Sassy - July 18, 2013 1:12 pm

    Of late your cred is zero, zip and nada. So calling the kettle black eh?

    BTW Colin Simpson is a nitwit- like so many other Cody socialites .......
  17. WyoJeff
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    WyoJeff - July 18, 2013 12:52 pm
    If she was running for governor I would say we need to only ask Wyoming only questions, But she is running for Senate. The Senate votes on issues that apply to more than Wyoming. ObamaCare and The IRS does apply to that position. Sorry but we need to ask questions on everything they might vote on.

    I don't know if she is better or worse than Enz, but I look forward to finding out.
  18. HarlyD
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    HarlyD - July 18, 2013 12:18 pm
    Wow Coyote, did you bump your head, or maybe I bumped mine and didn't realize it. I never agree with you but you are spot on on this post.
  19. Cody Coyote
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    Cody Coyote - July 18, 2013 11:19 am
    Now comes the time to play a round of " twenty Questions " with Darthette B. Cheney
    All the questions must be on Wyoming Obamacare or IRS or any of that stuff...we need to hear what Darthette knows and thinks about Wyoming-only issues . Things like public grazing, cattle markets, public lands, wildfire mitigation , tourism , water management , Indian Reservations , highway maintenance funding , Warren Air Force Base ( ask daddy ) , and so forth. Hold her Pradas to the fire and quiz her on Wyoming.

    If we have to ask her about those ridiculous social issues, then here's the one to go with that is so dear and near to Wyoming's spleen: Your sister Mary is gay, and she legally married her partner Heather Poe, in Washington D.C. last year and the couple have two children. Do you support legalizing same sex marriage, Darthette ?

    Personally , it it ain't broke don;t fix it. Mike Enzi is a good Senator for Wyoming, and he's actually willing to accomplish things in Washington instead of just deconstruct and go ranting on Faux Noise. We could do a lot worse for Senatorial representation in D.C. than Mike Enzi . If you use all your dirty tricks , Darthette, and daddy's Rolodex to somehow get elected, that's exactly what we'll end up with. Worse; much worse.

    You are not of ,for , and by Wyoming. That's the biggest bank of fog and smoke we've seen in a long time around here. You were raised in Virginia and graduated from McLean VA high school and are a lawyer who had a cushy post created specifically for you at the State Department courtesy of dear old dad. Even the vaccuous Cynthia Lummis was a Cheyenne Frontier Days queen, which honestly counts for something around here.

    Al Simpson's son a former Speaker of the Wyoming House couldn't get past 4th place when he ran for Governor, and nowhere near the top of the list for getting appointed a US Senator, so what makes you think we still do family dynasty and royalty here in Wyoming ?

    Your cred is honestly pretty close to zero, by Wyoming standards, which are all that matter . If you last name was Carney , we would not be having this conversation.

  20. mcfromkc
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    mcfromkc - July 18, 2013 10:49 am
    super, "Liz HAD TO live in DC cause of her VP dad for eight years of her life."
    Liz is 46 years old now, which would have made her age 34 to 42 when daddy was VP. You're saying she had to live with her Dad when she was 34?

    nice try super, you're just not usual
  21. rigrat
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    rigrat - July 18, 2013 10:24 am
    Isn't it funny how a claimed conservative (oxymoron) lives in Jackson Hole ,a place full of Liberals.
  22. rigrat
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    rigrat - July 18, 2013 10:22 am
  23. Ed A
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    Ed A - July 18, 2013 10:22 am
    Okay, I admit I am an Easterner, though my father is from Colorado and have been there many times (and to Wyoming a number of times), but the comments here treat Easterners as if we are a universal danger to the country. Shouldn't the opinions be considered for their validity and not whether they came from a (gasp!) liberal or easterner? For those who think any tax is a bad tax, how exactly should we pay for needed services? Is Enzi working across the aisle so heinous because it's Obama on the other side? He is still rated as one of the most conservative members of the Senate. At one point do we try to work together for the good of the country? Should we just continue the race to the bottom and just cut taxes altogether? Perhaps those who hate any tax could just move to Somalia or some other place with no regulations, no infrastructure and no taxes.
  24. rigrat
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    rigrat - July 18, 2013 10:22 am
    Exactly what her pops did to get in with Bush. Exactly why so many made mistakes in their voting back in the Bush II regime.
  25. Brett Glass
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    Brett Glass - July 18, 2013 10:20 am
    Enzi has given Cheney (AKA "Darthette") a big opening with his attempt to tax Internet commerce, which would strike hard at local Wyoming businesses that need to sell their products via the Net to grow. He should strongly consider dropping his efforts to impose that tax regime or voters may well turn him out despite Cheney's nasty, evil nature.
  26. strool35
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    strool35 - July 18, 2013 9:31 am
    Enzi has been in Washington to long and it is time to get rid of him, he has turned into a RINO and is behind a lot of taxes that affects Wyoming. I have voted for him in the past but will never again.
  27. concretesequential
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    concretesequential - July 18, 2013 9:28 am
    Um..WY is MDT right now.
  28. supercelifragilistic
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    supercelifragilistic - July 18, 2013 9:12 am
    WyoJeff, if I may?
    Even though Enzi has been acting like an Obama-repub lately. That's exactly what where I'm at - as Enzi has no excuse for his tax increase attempt. We need to hear from Liz, in what she offers as a US Senator and how she feels about Enzi's feeble attempt at raising taxes through the internet.
  29. just sayin'
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    just sayin' - July 18, 2013 8:59 am
    Nothing says "Wyoming Values" like buying a two million dollar Jackson Hole estate so she could claim residency...
  30. WyoJeff
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    WyoJeff - July 18, 2013 8:35 am
    I really don't care if my elected official has lived in Wyoming anymore than I care what their last name is (ie Kennidy or Bush). I vote for the best person for the job. I don't care about what color or sex they are. I care for what they stand for and if I think I can trust that they will act like they tell me they will.

    Sorry, but I think this whole topic is stupid until we here what both candidates have to offer/say.
  31. Jackalope
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    Jackalope - July 18, 2013 8:35 am
    If Hillary Clinton or Howard Dean said that the senior senator from Wyoming was "confused," they would probably be barred at the state line from visiting Yellowstone Park. Only in Red Wyoming could a comment such as that be ignored as a campaign statement. Wait until the money really begins to flow. In comparison, the blitz of the EPA will appear to be table talk.
  32. supercelifragilistic
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    supercelifragilistic - July 18, 2013 8:00 am
    CareyMitchell, if I may?
    Not sure what you are seeing but, I live in MST just as Wyoming is time-wise. Everyone I personally know would rather have a "conservative from back east" than a "liberal-Obama-confidant" from Gillette representing me.
    Never the less, regarding local roots as you insinuate. Only the Shoshones and Arapahoes of the Wind River Reservation can claim that, so you better try that one again. Enzi has lost touch this last fall with the Wyoming Electorate and his (failed) internet tax proposal exploited that.

    I assume you're one of Enzi's east coast interns and/or staffers by the accusation leveled, earlier.
  33. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - July 18, 2013 7:56 am
    i dont think either one is good enough for wyoming is there are third choice.
  34. Sage52
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    Sage52 - July 18, 2013 7:49 am
    Carpetbagger isn't even the right word for any Cheney.What they actually are ,and represent,is a failed GOP party full of liars and me your company and I'll know what you are.Go home Cheney's,Wyoming no longer wants you here.
  35. Cowboy Logic
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    Cowboy Logic - July 18, 2013 7:41 am
    Liz is no better than Hillary Clinton. She should move to New York and try getting voted in there…worked for Hillary. No seriously Liz, take your bags and go back to anywhere but WY. You’re going to lose by a land slide if you stick around and spend a lot of Jackson’s money.
  36. supercelifragilistic
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    supercelifragilistic - July 18, 2013 6:55 am
    Liz HAD TO live in DC cause of her VP dad for eight years of her life.
    Remember, Liz and her sister were once young girls, dependent on their parents. Please, make better arguments than that .... as I will always hold the "attempted" internet tax against Enzi.
    Agree or not, Enzi had not bothered to ask Wyoming voters about that, before allying himself with Obama. This is not about Liz anyway, its about a US Senator not willing to listen to the Wyoming electorate when he aligned himself with "socialist/liberals" in DC.

    Bad for Wyoming when Obama (his ally) took Wyoming for $53million in royalty payments for Enzi to ally himself with. This is a big reason i see Enzi out of touch and needing replaced.
    There are many in Montana as well looking to replace one the Obamacare authors (Bauchus-D) with a republican, now, as well. You see, when politicians lose track of what they go to DC for, it becomes embarrassingly obvious.
  37. Sassy
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    Sassy - July 18, 2013 6:49 am
    Jeesh I see several new names commenting on this story-- Humm I wonder why??
  38. CareyMitchell
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    CareyMitchell - July 18, 2013 6:49 am
    Sorry Superfragelistic and Peggy, I'm no Enzi supporter. In fact, I like Dick Cheney more than Enzi. I'm saying Liz Cheney has no business trying to represent a state where she's never even held a job, created a job or contributed to her Wy community. No PTA, no rotary, no boys and girls club, no volunteering in WY. However, I do see your comments all coming in about 8am eastern, so who just got to work in DC? Kettle black, all that.
  39. nowords
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    nowords - July 18, 2013 6:20 am
    Liz Cheney has lived in the DC area most of her life, so how is she any better?
  40. Rocky10
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    Rocky10 - July 18, 2013 6:18 am
    Who are you people? Clearly Liz Cheney has roots in this State that go back over 100 years. Bet all you little "itchy" (sorry needed a big B on the front of that) have roots that go way back to Colorado, or Washington, California or Boston. Clearly Washington is broken! If Mike gets another term that will be 24 years in the beltway. Liz is a good thing!
  41. supercelifragilistic
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    supercelifragilistic - July 18, 2013 6:05 am
    When I read the comments below ... they wreak with "envy - jealousy and Mike supporters". Only question, are these Mike interns from DC that fear for their jobs now? Don't forget, the DC area is the wealthiest in the nation, topping expectations of Hollywood and the such.
    John Stossel reported that quite a while back. So keep that in mind, has Mike been in DC too long that Obama supports him while Mike ignores the voters input back home? Congress seems to think so when they tabled the Enzi and Obama supported new internet tax. .

    Seems like Mike and Obama found a new love together, sneaking a new tax while blaming the states for it. Sounds like an "end around political tactic" to get more wealth in to DC, to me, as an internet tax serves no other purpose.
  42. smallcage
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    smallcage - July 18, 2013 3:39 am
    Let's pursue the money used to buy the house in Jackson. Is it money she earned somewhere, or is it Halliburton / Iraq money earned by the blood of our kids ?
  43. James Madison
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    James Madison - July 18, 2013 12:26 am
    Seriously, I am astonished at Cheney's lack of honesty so early in her career. It must run in the family.

    Liz cannot even articulate a believable answer to the charge of carpet bagger.

    Had Liz been in Wyoming for several years working at the state level she may have cemented some credibility that she understands Wyoming's needs.

    Wyoming is rural America, a complete different culture than heavily populated fast suburban lifestyle of Virginia.

    Most Wyomingites cannot empathize with some East coast city slicker coming in buying a million dollar home in trendy Jackson, and then expected to represent the people she knows nothing about.

    A few meet and greets at events the past few months does not qualify her, nor does her father's name. She's no different than Harry Reid and most of Washington, D.C. elitists who live near the capital and set up empty houses in the states they represent.
  44. Wyoite
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    Wyoite - July 17, 2013 11:10 pm
    "Wyoming has always been my home. . . It's always been a place we've travelled to." -Liz Cheney


    Wyomingites do believe it is material whether their representative is from Wyoming. Liz may think that's not substantive- but she is very very wrong on this point.

    Some folks have lived here 25 years and are still not from Wyoming. We can spot them!

    Someone should ask her why her husband and kids live and go to school in Virginia? Daddy's coat-tails are not long in this state- just ask Collin (and he is from Wyoming!)
  45. just sayin'
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    just sayin' - July 17, 2013 10:35 pm

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) weighed in on Liz Cheney's Senate candidacy on Tuesday, questioning her decision to run in Wyoming despite living in Virginia until recently.
    "When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate, I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia," Paul said.

    Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), "It is a unique strategy to live your entire life elsewhere and then come to a state a year before you're going to announce you're going to run for that state's highest office. Hillary Clinton could pull this off in New York. In my opinion, Liz Cheney cannot pull this off in Wyoming and I'm disappointed that she's decided to try," Lummis said. "She should run from Virginia."
  46. Otis
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    Otis - July 17, 2013 9:13 pm
    We are stronger with competition for public office. I appreciate that Ms. Cheney is willing to run for office if it generates a fair discussion of the issues that affect life in Wyoming.

    If, however this election becomes an arm wrestling contest over who can raise the most money, my guess is the people that took over Colorado will have a better chance to take over Wyoming.because they can capitalize on a polarized public.

    So good luck to both, and Mike: I hate to say it, but you have never shown up to any dinner I've attended. Maybe you need to get out in front of this if you want to stay in the race.

  47. CareyMitchell
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    CareyMitchell - July 17, 2013 9:12 pm
    "Wyoming has always been my home" said Cheney. Except the 39 of her 46 years living not in Wyoming. Her husband still lives in Virginia. She was born in Indiana. Went to high school in Virginia. Went to college in Colorado. Law School in Chicago. When was WY her home again? Two weeks in August? Even her campaign manager is from Virginia. Run in your home state of virginia Liz, we are not as dumb here as you think, you and a Karl Rove Super PAC can't buy this seat!!!
  48. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - July 17, 2013 8:58 pm
    A day late and a dollar shot for us down in natrona county. enzi may not be the leader we need anymore but your not the one we would choose instead. give me some farmer/ working stiff and hes got my vote, based on the fact he working it for him self.
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