The 2014 election campaigns are already starting to heat up. We expect Republicans to challenge Democrats for their seats in the House or Senate and for Democrats to challenge Republicans for their seats. But this time we will witness what promises to be an intense battle between two Republicans for the same seat, of which one is already held by one of them.
Mike Enzi is the current senior Senator from Wyoming. He was first elected to the Senate in 1996, making him the only member of the US Senate with a degree in accounting at the time. In 2007, Enzi was listed as the 6th most conservative member of the US Senate. He has opposed Obamacare and has tried to repeal the estate tax and marriage penalty while signing the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Enzi favors expanding energy production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and says that most alternative energy programs are too expensive to be practical. Perhaps most importantly, Enzi voted against Obama’s anti-gun bills including the universal background checks.
Enzi currently serves on the Committee on the Budget, Committee on Finance, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is the ranking minority member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
In Wyoming history, no incumbent Republican US Senator has ever lost the primary election to a challenger. Will this year be the first time for an incumbent GOP senator to lose his primary bid?
Enzi is facing a tough and popular challenger. Liz Cheney (Elizabeth Cheney Perry) has announced that she will seek to unseat Enzi in the 2014 primary. She is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2002, she was appointed to be the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. In 2003, she worked on her father’s re-election campaign and in 2005 returned to the State Department as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State For Near Eastern Affairs.
In 2008, Liz Cheney was a co-chair of the Fred Thompson presidential campaign. In 2009, she was on the board of a newly formed 501(c)4 organization known as Keep America Safe. The primary purpose of Keep America Safe is to provide information for concerned American about critical national security issues.
In 2012, Cheney was hired by the conservative Fox News to be a substitute host for some of their programs and to help provide commentary during the Republican primaries.
Now, the 46 year old mother of 5 has announced that she intends to unseat Mike Enzi in the primaries and any Democratic challenger in the general election and become the next Republican Senator from Wyoming. Her popularity in her home town of Jackson Hole and the surrounding area indicates that she will be a formidable challenger to Enzi in the primaries. I say the Wyoming GOP senatorial race will be one that bears watching. Who knows, perhaps it could lead to Cheney in the White House down the road???