Wed July 17, 2013
Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Backing GOP Incumbent Over Liz Cheney Primary Challenge
Kentucky's two senators are backing Republican incumbent Mike Enzi of Wyoming for re-election over Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, who announced she intends to run in the GOP primary next year.
Cheney is a co-founder of the non-profit group "Keep America Safe" who moved to Wyoming last year with the hopes of running for Senate.
Enzi said Cheney told him she wasn't going to seek his seat unless he was retiring.
After hearing her announcement, Enzi, who made it clear he's running for re-eleciton told The Washington Post: "Obviously that wasn't correct."
But the Cowboy State lawmaker can count Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in his column.
Paul openly mocked Cheney's residency issues when asked about her running.
"When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia," Paul told Politico.
The jab makes sense given the historical Paul-Cheney split on national security issues in the conservative party. McConnell, however, kept away from criticizing Cheney.
"(Senator Enzi)’s done an excellent job and no question we'll be supportive of our incumbent," McConnell told ABC News. "He’s been a team player."
A staffer for McConnell's re-election campaign told WFPL the GOP leader has contributed to Enzi's leadership PAC contribution the incumbent.