Coulter tosses criticism at Liz Cheney campaign

2013-10-20T00:00:00Z Coulter tosses criticism at Liz Cheney campaignBy JOAN BARRON Capitol bureau reporter Casper Star-Tribune Online
October 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Liz Cheney has trod a muddy uphill road in her quest of the U.S. Senate seat held by fellow Republican Mike Enzi.

She has tried to defuse the foremost issue, the carpetbagger label, by repeatedly stressing her family roots in Wyoming. She is said to be working the meeting rooms in towns throughout the state looking forsupporters, one by one in the traditional campaign style.

Other problems include the fishing license flap, late property taxpayments and an attack ad by a political action committee that focuses on social issues.

The American Principles Fund super Pac ran a television ad showing a 2009 MSNBC interview with Cheney regarding her stance on gay marriage. The intent was to show she is squishy on gay marriage because she says it is a state issue and she is running for a federal office.

The Liz Cheney campaign cried foul and demanded that television stations refuse to air the ad. Not a smart move. It didn’t work. Cheney campaign spokesperson Celeste Colgan claimed the ad came from the “entrenched Washington, D.C. establishment,” represented by groups like the National Republican Senate Committee, and others working on behalf of Enzi and other incumbents.

The most recent attack came from Ann Coulter, labeled as a conservative firebrand by national political writers.

She lumped Cheney with a group of pols whom she claims are “hucksters” and “shysters” on an ego trip in their manic drive to take over the Republican Party.

Coulter let loose on Cheney during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

“Why should we be having — and I love Liz Cheney — but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?” Coulter said during the interview.

Hannity defended Cheney saying the former vice president’s daughter is more conservative.

“No, she isn’t,” Coulter shot back. “But that’s the point. There are a lot of problems, we are not concentrating on winning, we are allowing shysters to take advantage of the Republican Party.”

Hannity said Cheney is not a shyster. He endorsed her for the U.S. Senate seat in July.

He said he was doing so because Sen. Enzi was one of the “gang of six” members who worked with President Obama on health care reform, although he ended up voting against it. Enzi also brags about working with Democrats, Hannity said, and worked with Dick Durbin on the Internet sales tax bill.

That latter bill is highly unpopular and we will be hearing more about it in future months from the Liz Cheney camp.

At any rate, Hannity said Liz Cheney is like Ted Cruz and the nation needs more Ted Cruzes.

I think everyone has known from the beginning that the Enzi-Cheney match would be a scramble to prove which of the two Republicans is the more conservative. Enzi’s campaign slogan is “Wyoming’s Proven Conservative.”

I also think everyone knew the campaign would pull in millions of dollars and would get rapt attention from the national media. Perhaps Cheney anticipated this would be a very difficult race for her and so she was prepared for the opposition.

Historically, the only remotely close parallel to Cheney’s campaign is one in 1942 by the movie star Tim McCoy, said University of Wyoming history professor Phil Roberts.

McCoy was a native of Michigan who came to Wyoming after college and learned to be an expert horseman and rider. He served in the military during World War I and afterward was head of the Wyoming National Guard. He then became a famous movie star in westerns during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1942 he returned to Wyoming and ran for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket.

He caused quite a stir in the party because he hadn’t lived here for about 20 years, Roberts said.

McCoy lost the primary election, immediately enlisted in the Army where he served for the rest of World War II.

Apparently he never returned to Wyoming. He died in Arizona in 1978.


Contact Joan Barron at 307-632-1244 or

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  1. Jackalope
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    Jackalope - October 27, 2013 6:55 pm
    It is difficult to understand how individuals who are so sensitive to where a candidate was born rather than their credentials and ideas could render even the smallest amount of support to someone who was not born in Wyoming and has not lived in Wyoming since a few months in grade school. I guess they have had a change of heart since Ted Cruz has explained how his birth and heritage are of no influence upon the meaning of natural born citizen. Additional clarification of the issue was provided when Mitt Romney convinced some that claiming tax residence in Utah and constructing a new home in California was no hindrance for his claim to be from Massachusetts. Furthermore, after hearing politicians claim that President Obama was born in Kenya or a territory of the U.S., the public, particularly Wyomingites, may be in a mood to disregard anything the relates to heritage or qualifications.
  2. Cowboy Logic
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    Cowboy Logic - October 24, 2013 7:47 am
    Liz Chaney is a carpet bagger. She’s a non-resident who bought a house (in Wilson, CO, PA, CA no less). Buy a house in Wyoming! She too will be a copycat of McCoy…her house will be for sale after the election and she’ll be headed back to the east coast; elected or not. Hopefully NOT!
  3. rigrat
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    rigrat - October 22, 2013 1:07 pm
    Now he is just an old bag.
  4. rigrat
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    rigrat - October 22, 2013 1:06 pm
    Limbaugh,Hannity and Beck.Or Bush,Cheney and Simpson.
  5. Marianne
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    Marianne - October 21, 2013 9:18 am
    I recall some people saying Dick Cheney was a carpetbagger when he first ran for U.S.Congress for Wyoming as he hadn't lived in Wyoming for about 20 years. Some said he was a Washington insider and a Wyoming outsider.
  6. dd ric
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    dd ric - October 21, 2013 5:25 am
    As a bleeding heart liberal,i enjoy the venom Jeffrey Dahmers' old girlfriend Ann spews. Coulter is as relevant as today because zombies continue to be popular,especially on the Fox scare-waves. ddric
  7. Kool Kat
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    Kool Kat - October 20, 2013 5:55 pm
    Well said and well put
    That's why I keep saying, forget the commercials of whitewash, lets hear her in a debate with Enzi. You know, the same Enzi that pushed for a Bill supported by Obama to raise internet taxes, that Enzi refuses to give account for to this date.
    And not on account that for an equal playing field with WalMart as his qualifies for equal playing field. At least a Corporation that grosses $ hundreds of Billions annually, needs help by tax everyone and hurt little businesses.
    That's what I want to hear about how Liz and Mike see issues as this.
  8. Morning Joe
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    Morning Joe - October 20, 2013 5:05 pm
    rigrat, check out "Mars One", it's a 1-way trip and colonization project to send 4 people to Mars in about 10 years. I think there is a list forming as we speak. The problem is who are the other 3 people what would volunteer to go with her?
  9. Pops
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    Pops - October 20, 2013 4:29 pm
    Coulter is a pop conservative with a venomous mouth. Her following is made up of the children of privileged, know-it-all {Reaganist), ghost chasers. She writes to shock a conservative following into a political frenzy. She aims her comments at bleeding heart, fringe liberals.
  10. rigrat
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    rigrat - October 20, 2013 2:33 pm
    Coulter needs to put in the next mission to mars capsule on a one way trip,she is a disgrace to the human race.
  11. cheney supporter
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    cheney supporter - October 20, 2013 1:49 pm
    Editors and Ms. Baron:

    I recall not too long ago this paper complained that Liz Cheney had reportedly said something like: "we can't trust the liberal press" or "we need to work around the press." I might suggest to you that this article is one example of why people who have attended Liz Cheney's events or met with her tend to agree that the press is not giving her a fair shake.

    Let me just give you a few examples. In the first couple paragraphs of this article, you repeat yet again what you think are various elements of what you call the "muddy track" Liz Cheney has encountered thus far. If you went to her events and saw people's enthusiasm for her, I promise you would have a very different sense of the race. Have you been invited to any of Liz Cheney’s meetings?

    Also, are you going to republish the specific attacks her opponents have made every time you write an article from now until the primary next year? If you are, how about giving your readers some balanced information? Your point about the carpet bagger charge is phrased in a way that suggest you believe her opponents claims -- but if you would attend Liz Cheney's speeches you would have a much much better understanding of her history, including that she lived in Casper and has four generations of family going back many decades. You really need to talk to her about that. On the fishing thing, I believe you have published spurious allegations from Liz Cheney's opponents, but never actually published the actual Game and Fish finding vindicating her or the rest of the story about her raising money for wounded warriors etc.. On the property tax thing, you mention Liz yet again, but don't mention that Senator Enzi failed to pay property taxes on time repeatedly while he was a siting Senator. How can it be fair to mention her one late property tax payment repeatedly (when she bought a new house) and fail to mention repeated occasions when Enzi paid taxes late even while in the Senate? Do you need a cite to your paper’s article about Enzi’s late payments?

    I know you are trying to do your jobs and have much on your plates, but please try to be a bit more objective. If it takes too long to present these old points objectively, perhaps the solution is to leave them out and just report what is new. Thank you for considering these points.
  12. Morning Joe
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    Morning Joe - October 20, 2013 6:06 am
    Coulter is an embarrassment to conservatives, she is way past her expiration date. I have never understood her popularity or her cult-like following, and most of her statements are just gimmicks to plug her books.... But in this case she does have a point about the Virginian.
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