Just when you thought this political season could not get any more thrilling, the race to replace retiring Representative Cynthia Lummis as Wyoming’s lone House member has gone from DKDC to OMG. That’s right: Liz Cheney has announced her return to elective politics.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s elder daughter, current standard-bearer for perhaps the most provocative brand in politics, is once more casting her eyes toward Capitol Hill. Having learned a thing or two from her short but bitterly divisive Senate run against Mike Enzi in 2013, this time around Cheney is not looking to oust a well-liked Republican incumbent. But that doesn’t mean the race for this safely Republican seat will lack drama. The Cheneys rarely open their mouths without a bit of controversy tumbling out. And according to those on the ground in Wyoming, not all the scars have healed from Liz Cheney’s last rodeo.
Definitely look for this campaign to generate less intraparty—not to mention familial—friction than her Senate candidacy. How could it possibly compare? In six short months, Cheney’s challenge to Enzi managed to tick off an impressive array of Republicans in both Washington and Wyoming. Despite the allure of the Cheney family fund-raising machine, multiple party officials and activists stepped up to delicately suggest that Liz was behaving just the teensiest bit like an entitled princess. Particularly memorable that September was the public clash with the Cheney clan’s pal former-Senator Alan Simpson, who at one point was repeatedly told to “shut up” by Liz’s mom, Lynne.