GOP gubernatorial candidates jostle in Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyo. – House Speaker Colin Simpson says the next governor of Wyoming needs to recognize that the federal government is not simply going to butt out.

Simpson and other Republicans vying for the GOP nomination for governor spoke Tuesday at a candidate forum held by the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.

Simpson, a Cody lawyer, says Wyoming's next governor is going to have to work to build consensus on land issues. Simpson's comments stood as a rebuttal to candidate Ron Micheli of Fort Bridger, a former director of the state agriculture department.

Micheli told the audience that he's an unapologetic "Ronald Reagan conservative." He says Wyoming needs to join other states in pushing back against federal interference.