Wyoming: Cheney Out of 2020 Senate Race

 The Story:

In May 2019, Senator Mike Enzi (R – Wyo) announced that he would not seek reelection to the seat he has held for more than two decades. There is as yet no favorite in the jockeying to replace him. Liz Cheney, currently in the House of Representatives, considered a run, but last week she took herself out.

The Statement:

Liz Cheney is the daughter of the former Vice President, Dick Cheney, and of Lynne Cheney, a former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In a statement, Liz Cheney said that she believes she can have the “biggest impact” by remaining within the House of Representatives and “working to take our Republican majority back” in that chamber.

There, she said, is where Speaker Pelosi and the “Socialist Democrats” in the House of Representatives pose their threat and must be stopped.

The Thing to Know:

One potential Republican nominee for the Enzi seat is former Representative Cynthia Lummis. Lummis has a reputation in Wyoming as a defender of hydraulic fracturing, and especially of the idea that the federal government should defer to the states when particular states want to adopt a permissive attitude toward this controversial method of drilling for gas or oil.

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