Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, Republican Elizabeth Cheney, is reportedly considering a Senate run in 2014 in Wyoming, threatening a battle among Republicans in the Cowboy State.
The New York Times reports Elizabeth Cheney, 46, phoned Republican incumbent, Michael B. Enzi, first elected to the Senate in 1996, to alert him that she is, as the paper put it, “thinking about challenging him in 2014.”
“She called me and said that she’s looking at it,” Enzi told The Times. Enzi, so far uncertain whether he will seek re-election, added during The Times interview, “There’s at least one person out there who wants me to retire.”
“She called me and said that she’s looking at it.”
- Michael Enzi
The signs Elizabeth Cheney, who declined The Times’ request for comment, plans a Senate run are mounting.
Cheney, a Fox News contributor, has barnstormed across the state, reportedly appearing at events such as chicken dinners and cattle growers’ meetings -- often with her politically-connected parents in tow. She has notably and recently been spotted with her father at events like the Crook County Lincoln Day dinner, according to The Times.
The paper also reports that Dick Cheney has “talked up his daughter’s candidacy in [recent] meetings with wealthy Republican donors in New York.” Next month, both Elizabeth and Dick Cheney are slated to speak at a conference in Steamboat Springs, Colo., an event The Times said is expected to attract donors.
And although Elizabeth Cheney denies a connection to the group, a California-based political action committee is running a petition drive intended to raise support and awareness for her would-be Senate bid.
The One Nation PAC’s original goal, according to The Star-Tribune of Wyoming, was to collect 50,000 signatures by June 21, but has since extended that deadline. The signatures, the paper reports, are meant “to show [Liz Cheney’s] broad support among conservatives.”