Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi says he can focus more on his work in the U.S. Senate now that Liz Cheney has dropped her primary challenge.
Cheney’s primary challenge to the state’s senior senator surprised many in both Wyoming and Washington: especially Enzi. He accused her of lying to him about her intention to challenge him, an accusation she denies. Now that Cheney is out of the race – citing family health issues –Enzi says he hopes there will not be any lingering hard feelings between the two.
Wyoming’s two U.S. Senators plan to vote against a budget compromise that will be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday. Senator Mike Enzi spoke out against the deal on the Senate floor. Enzi says it cuts too little, if anything.
“We talk about how we have reduced the deficit. Reduced the deficit? Yeah, that means we used to be overspending a trillion dollars a year and now we are only overspending $500 billion, which is half a trillion. That’s still overspending,” says Enzi.
Energy industry representatives mingled with lawmakers from Wyoming and other states at last week’s meeting of the Energy Council.
The Council is a Texas-based non-profit, and its membership is made up of lawmakers from twelve states, three Canadian provinces and Venezuela. It holds quarterly meeting to discuss energy issues. Although industry underwrites portions of the events, states also pay about $40,000 a year in dues to be part of the council, in addition to travel and lodging expenses for legislators.
Wyoming Republicans who favor incumbent U-S Senator Mike Enzi have started fundraising on his behalf. This week, they formed a political action committee – or PAC – called “Wyoming’s Own” to rally voters for his re-election.
Wyoming’s Own co-founder Bill Cubin – son of former Congresswoman Barbara Cubin – says Enzi is hard-working and effective, and shouldn’t be replaced right now.