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Cheney attacks Enzi at tea party event in Emblem, Wyo.

2013-08-24T18:43:00Z 2014-01-28T15:57:10Z Cheney attacks Enzi at tea party event in Emblem, Wyo.By LAURA HANCOCK Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

EMBLEM – Wyoming needs a better leader to fight Washington’s “war on coal,” U.S. Senate hopeful Liz Cheney said during a Saturday tea party rally celebrated with dozens of American flags, a band playing old country music, and a speaker who warned about new Muslim mosques in the eastern U.S.

“Now it isn’t enough, in my opinion if you’re the sitting senator, to list the problems,” Cheney said during the event, which was also attended by incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi, whom Cheney is challenging in a Republican Party primary. “You’ve got to be able to say, ‘Here are the solutions. Here’s the fight we’re going to have, and here’s where we’re going to make a stand.’"

Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and resident of Wilson, said more needs to be done to fight against the war on coal, federal policies that are hurting ranchers, and President Obama’s general weakening of the United States.

“You don’t have to look any farther than Gillette,” she said about the Campbell County town near a handful of mines that produce 40 percent of the country’s coal for electrical power plants. Coal prices have been in a slump recently, and some people blame federal policies for it.

The comment was a criticism of Enzi, who calls Gillette home and was the city’s mayor from 1975 to 1982.

More people stood for an ovation of Cheney’s speech than Enzi’s. Enzi spoke first and did not criticize Cheney. After Cheney’s speech, Enzi told reporters that she had not listened to the solutions he described in his speech.

“If she thinks that I’m not involved in the war on coal, I’ve lived there,” Enzi said about Gillette. “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. All the federal stuff comes from the top down.”

Enzi said he has a solid conservative record that anyone can look up. Cheney has never served in public office, Enzi said.

“She’s got no record,” he said. “She’s never voted on a single issue, and if you haven’t you can say anything you want to. ... But I’m in a position to do some things, and she would be new.”

Rally attendee David Butz of Greybull said he is underwhelmed by Enzi and liked what Cheney had to say. He will vote for her, he said.

“She’s got five kids,” he said. “She knows what she’s saying.”

Debbie Black of Powell said she doesn’t know whom she will vote for. She thought Cheney was a good speaker. But she thought Enzi has good qualities, too.

“I would hate to give up our seniority,” she said about Enzi, who is seeking his fourth term.

The tea party rally was in the hamlet of Emblem, between Cody and Greybull, on the property of attorney Robert DiLorenzo, a founder of the Big Horn Basin tea party. Attendees, many in cowboy hats and Western boots, live in the basin and described themselves as conservative Republicans. Over plates of barbecue, not all said they are active in the tea party, but most said they identified with parts of its platform.

Earlier in the day, Wayne Simmons, one of the speakers at the tea party rally, said hundreds of mosques are springing up on the East Coast and that’s not a good thing because that’s where terrorists can be recruited and where money can be laundered.

“The liberals of the world would have you believe they are practicing freedom of religion,” he said. “That is nonsense.”

Enzi said that he wasn’t familiar with terrorists being recruited from those mosques.

“We have to be very careful with our religious freedom, that we don’t give up our Bill of Rights,” he said.

Cheney said that Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric who preached at mosques in the United States, is believed to have communicated with Fort Hood shooter Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.

“I do think that we know that recruitment goes on through mosques,” she said.


Reach state reporter Laura Hancock at 307-266-0581 or at laura.hancock@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter: @laurahancock.

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  1. stan james
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    stan james - August 31, 2013 11:25 pm
    Between lz cheny and /enzi - choose your glass of kool aid

    BTW how dd Jim Jones keep people from leaving his nut job scene

    he told them that the natves liked white meat Just another utterly crazy xtian pastor who is a racist like still many of them, particularly int he old bible belt south
  2. side oiler
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    side oiler - August 28, 2013 9:14 am
    True story indeed.
  3. 51 Flathead
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    51 Flathead - August 28, 2013 8:16 am
    Not a single one of the current Cubin clones has any idea what they are doing,they sure don't do anything for working folks in this state,but they do bow to corporations.
  4. 51 Flathead
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    51 Flathead - August 28, 2013 8:15 am
    Got some news for you,since you think Simpson and draft dodger Cheney were so cool.Neither ever gave a hoot about veterans,especially Vietnam vets.Cheney ducked out of Vietnam because he had better things to do,and Simpson spouts about Vietnam vets should not be getting any compensation for Agent Orange exposure.neither of those duds would make a pimple on a real politicians derriere.So can the flak about how great they are,and were,as they did nothing but line their pockets and their crony's pockets.And people wonder why America has so many enemies along with the demise of the working class.
  5. stickalose
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    stickalose - August 27, 2013 5:43 pm
    Appreciate your comment. But.. it's a little early for Liz to just go negative. We do need new ideas, where are hers?

    There is a place for the EPA or should we give up fish? If coal is to remain viable it needs to be improved as a fuel. The companies that profit from exploiting natural resources should absorb some of the costs of providing a clean product.

    I was really unhappy with Enzi's postiion on the "Gang of Six",,"If it wasn't for me you'd have national health care". If you'd ever have an insurance company literally laugh in your face and tell you the "Wyoming Insurance Commission don't mean squat, we're under ERISA", you would not be so against SOMETHING better. What I've seen from the Wyoming Dept of Insurance doesn't look too bad. Obamacare is coming, why not try to probe for weakness and repair instead of empty gestures like 40 repeal attempts by Lummis et al?
  6. Pops
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    Pops - August 27, 2013 5:17 pm
    Far right conservative freaks have fringed their way into the Republican Party. They are not mainstream Republicans so their pedigree is tainted. Their only hope is to steal as much of the party leadership as they can and rewrite it's plateform while the "Grand Old Party" sleeps it's way into oblivion. Not a bad plan except it works best when trust is compromised. Did we really fight the Civil War over nothing? Please forgive us President Lincoln. We are being led by power hungry clones.
  7. LawsonG
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    LawsonG - August 27, 2013 4:36 pm
    reply to stickalose:

    Well, a couple decades ago, before Senator Enzi's term began, we did have Senators and a Congressman that had actual clout. Senator Alan Simpson, and Congressman Dick Cheney were both in leadership. And they never would and never did let the Federal Government do to Wyoming what it has done during Mike Enzi's watch. The truth is that the amiable Mike Enzi is just that, friendly and amiable. He's a good neighbor. But he is not effective as a Senator at protecting the interests of our people and our state. Sure, sometimes he proposes bills that our people want -- but they don't pass. They are purely symbolic. And sometimes he decides to add his name as a co-sponsor to something another Senator has done -- but again, he is riding along behind someone else who is actually driving the train. Worse, sometimes Democrats lure him (perhaps unwittingly) into helping their causes -- by for example proposing new taxes, or serving on the "Gang of Six" on Obamacare. Our good neighbor believes too much in "compromise," I'm sorry to say.

    No doubt, our Senator is a very nice guy, but we do not need to settle for "nice but ineffective." We need someone who will fight tooth and nail with EPA, not shrug and say "I wrote a letter" or "I proposed a bill" or "I voted against that." Having served 17 years, the Senator is adept at citing his many activities -- but he has almost no actual tangible achievements. Sir: activity is different from results.

    I feel that it's time to try something new. We can't afford to let the last 5 years replay themselves. Too much is at stake.

  8. stickalose
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    stickalose - August 27, 2013 11:01 am
    Some of you guys crack me up. Wyoming has less than 2% of the US population and it's all Enzi's fault you don't get your way. The "internet" sales is a STATE sales tax that everyone is dodging. The war on coal is economics, driven alot by natural gas. Maybe if he declared a war on gas everyone would happy.
  9. 51 Flathead
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    51 Flathead - August 27, 2013 7:37 am
    Sure,RINO business owners love cheap labor and they know just where to find it.Little wonder why the middle class is fast disappearing.
  10. brown bomber
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    brown bomber - August 26, 2013 9:20 pm
    ok so we all know cheney,mead, hill= bad for wyoming. but does anyone else notice how many illegal aliens are influxing this city and stealing our jobs? and if so am i the only one concerned about this? now we have natrona countys most wanted published every however often they choose....how are these people flying below the radar? just a thought
  11. MGage58
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    MGage58 - August 26, 2013 8:54 pm
    Yeah, what rational representative of Wyoming would vote for - much less propose -- a bill that takes money from rural Wyomingites' pockets and sends it to state Governments in California and New York.

    If Enzi really wanted to help brick and mortar retailers, he should work (with the state government) to lower their taxes. Don't raise taxes on the rest of us. My gosh, what is he thinking.
  12. MGage58
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    MGage58 - August 26, 2013 8:49 pm
    Look, folks, if you like the war on coal, support the candidate who has been totally ineffective in fighting it.
    If you like what the federal government is doing to our ranchers and farmers, support the person who hasn't been able to stop it.
    If you like Obamacare, vote for the Senator who was personally praised by President Obama for his role in writing the law (as part of the Gang of Six); yes, Senator Enzi was for Obamacare before he was against it.

    The bottom line is this; federal bureaucracy is not scared of Senator Enzi, and no polite letter he writes to EPA or Interior will ever bring Wyomingites any relief.

    Most rational citizens of this state know Wyoming is being treated terribly by the federal government. Enzi is supposed to be our person in Washington to protect us from this. But he isn't getting the job done. Reelecting Enzi is a choice to let the federal abuse continue.

    I for one am sick of being run over by federal agency BS. It's time to send a fighter, not someone who says he operates "behind the scenes" but hasn't solved our problems.

  13. Kool Kat
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    Kool Kat - August 26, 2013 7:29 pm
    Perhaps you can answer that question since you seem to have understood my context?
    Thanks in advance.
  14. concretesequential
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    concretesequential - August 26, 2013 6:05 pm
    Kool Kat, Did you mean "why did Enzi not consult the Wyoming tax paying voters..."
    instead of ,""why did Enzi not console the Wyoming tax paying voters on proposing a new internet tax?" That might have something to do with people not understanding your earlier post.
  15. Kool Kat
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    Kool Kat - August 26, 2013 2:02 pm
    Hmm, still no response.
    Let me rephrase my comment and question: "why did Enzi not console the Wyoming tax paying voters on proposing a new internet tax"? Just in case you didn't understand my earlier post.
  16. Wyoite
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    Wyoite - August 26, 2013 1:15 pm
    Cheney is irrelevant and she knows it. Nobody from Wyoming cares that she is running.

    Given the above facts, she is going to get more and more desperate to try and create a race where none exists. She is using the Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga playbook- if at first the people don't take notice, do something more outrageous.
  17. 51 Flathead
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    51 Flathead - August 26, 2013 8:21 am
    BS,get off the band wagon.
  18. 51 Flathead
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    51 Flathead - August 26, 2013 8:21 am
    You better believe it.Today there are still millions of fools who fell for Cheney's lies.Some of speak of people running to Canada to avoid the draft,well, old Cheney had five deferments, which means five other good folks had to step up to the plate and take his place in the Nam when he never had the gadodes to do it himself.This dandy was instrumental in torture ,completely ignoring the Geneva Convention.No,I do not believe Wyoming,or America,needs another one of these in politics.
  19. CareyMitchell
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    CareyMitchell - August 25, 2013 8:36 pm
    IrishRaider, if Liz Cheney supports the constitution, she must have not read the fourth amendment, as she supports all the NSA Big brother shananigans and spying on lawful citizens. She's no constitutionalist, she's a bigger government gal, just
    like her dad, who helped triple the size of the federal budget during his eight years in office.
  20. Kool Kat
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    Kool Kat - August 25, 2013 8:19 pm
    Enzi made "statements" but, not answer and/or answer for his decision on tax Wyomingites more. There is nothing - and I repeat - nothing fair about adding taxes to the Wyoming tax paying voting public. That's what he has not answered for.

    His rants on energy were just that, "rants" that went nowhere.
  21. rocl
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    rocl - August 25, 2013 7:32 pm
    My living and income derives directly from Powder River Basin coal. That being said, the future of coal is bleak anyway you look at it. It really doesn't matter what Chaney or Enzi's opinion is of the matter, what it depends on is the opinion of those with the money. If I had money to invest right now, I wouldn't invest it in coal. Long gone, goodby coal, seeya.
  22. nowords
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    nowords - August 25, 2013 6:50 pm
    Enzi has repeatedly made statements about it



    He has been vocal about energy issues too in the senate



    I hardly cared about Enzi before Cheney started running... I just think now people are throwing him under the bus way too easily
  23. Kool Kat
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    Kool Kat - August 25, 2013 5:56 pm
    National Journal "does not" have the distinction to tell Wyomingites that offering an "Obama-supported" internet tax legislation is not Wyoming thinking. Perhaps National Journal (a DC based company) like what RINO republicans in DC have become.
    They sure as heck don't "think for me".
    As Enzi owes Wyoming tax paying voters an explanation into why he hadn't sought support from his constituents regarding his Obama supported legislation. Also, why he hasn't been more vocal about Gillette coal and other natural resources Wyoming offers, like oil and natural gas?

    Yeah, those of us in Wyoming have been quietly observing his actions - or lack thereof.
  24. nowords
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    nowords - August 25, 2013 5:03 pm
    Enzi has consistently opposed nearly every Obama program. He is also listed as the sixth most conservative Senator by National Journal.

    That he supported ONE THING that Obama did doesn't suddenly make him Obama's best friend, to suggest so is somewhat ridiculous. If you think he should be voted out for this one issue, so be it, but surely a better replacement exists in this state than Liz Cheney!
  25. IrishRaider
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    IrishRaider - August 25, 2013 3:41 pm
    I am a Loyal to the Constitution Patriotic American who Proudly served voluntarily in the U.S. Navy. Mike Enzi has not ever done anything to help us Veterans. I am Proudly support Liz Cheney. She is a Loyal to the Constitution Patriotic American. Many of you hate her because you want all women barefoot and pregnant
  26. Sage52
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    Sage52 - August 25, 2013 2:54 pm
    Interesting.Hold a private pow wow at someones farm so the public can'y protest or ask questions.Money really does talk and BS walks in Pork County.
  27. lllggg
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    lllggg - August 25, 2013 1:26 pm
    I would hope that a vote would be for someone qualified; not because someone has been in office too long. As for understanding the needs of Wyomingites; I do not believe this can be learned by a Virginian carpetbagger who has no intention of being a Wyomingite after the election is over. What should be the criteria for voting for an individual--Dad's reputation of actually being in the Senate representing WY for several years.
  28. Moore
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    Moore - August 25, 2013 8:38 am
    Liz, please go home.
  29. Cody Coyote
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    Cody Coyote - August 25, 2013 8:16 am
    The main difference between the original Tea Party in 1773 in Boston and the modern day impersonators is the the modern rabble are throwing themselves in the harbor...
  30. Kool Kat
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    Kool Kat - August 25, 2013 7:42 am
    I never heard anything from Enzi "defending" his stance of increasing taxes on the internet with Obama's support, when he spoke. And Enzi is in error, (and mispoke - lied - bore a false hood) as, it is the US Senate and House that regulates energy not the White House.
    True, the President presents the "policy he wants" but, it is the the US House and Senate that vote on these policies regarding "taxation" which is the issue. Therefore, this is the "true-blue RINO" that I've been claiming exists, speaking.

    His thoughts are in line with Obama's and not inline with what the GOP and especially the conservative thinker. Don't know what this RINO - I mean Enzi will address when Liz cornered him regarding coal killing policies.
    But I would like to hear about his "internet tax" proposal and why Enzi cosponsored this bill (that died for lack of interest) supported by Obama? Enzi to date, has never bothered to get the endorsement of his Wyoming constituents wirth such legislation - taxing Wyoming voters.

    In case any other little town has forgotten, be sure you ask Sen Enzi why he wants to take more money out of your pockets, alongside with Obama? The only suggestion I have is, Enzi has been in DC too long to forget about Wyoming tax payers and voters.
    And now that he {Enzi} has competition, (something the Wyoming repubs aren't used to) Enzi has to answer for his DC way of thinking instead of thinking about Wyomingites. The worn out argument that Wal Mart needs help against the small businesses doesn't wash from Enzi, either. Unless Wal mart has become one of Enzi's greatest supporters?
  31. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - August 25, 2013 5:24 am
    im tired of the ssdd, no matter who you vote for nothing changes. its lip service till therir in and then nothings done. remember the fuel hike of 10 cents, thank enzi, intenet sales tax enzi, im tired frankly of both of them already and elections are over a year away. hopefully a new canadate will riise from this bowl of goo and give us all a real choice.
  32. CareyMitchell
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    CareyMitchell - August 25, 2013 12:04 am
    So Liz Cheney, who has never held or created a job in WY, is going to save the coal industry? Smart money says she's never even toured a mine, let alone gotten a blister from manual labor. Run in Virginia Liz, you are plain offensive.
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