Rep. Liz Cheney is choosing to hold on to her House seat and will not be running for Wyoming’s open Senate seat.
The Republican congresswoman announced Thursday that she would stay on in the House and GOP leadership where she could have the “biggest impact” in light of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the “Socialist Democrats.”
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was considered a top potential candidate to replace Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, who announced his retirement last year.
“Nancy Pelosi and the Socialist Democrats in the House of Representatives are threatening our freedom and our Wyoming values every day. They must be stopped,” Cheney said in a statement Thursday.
“Our nation is facing grave security challenges overseas and the House Democrats are working to weaken our president and embolden our enemies. Socialists in Congress and among the presidential candidates are threatening our liberty and freedom,” she added.
The two-term congresswoman, who was elected in 2018 to serve as the House Republican Conference chairwoman, was reportedly polling with a double-digit lead in the Wyoming Republican Senate primary over former Rep. Cynthia Lummis.
But while getting elected to a Senate seat would have done much to boost the 53-year-old’s future political prospects, her position in the House is a crucial asset for Republicans. Cheney is the only woman in GOP leadership in the lower chamber and is one of just 13 GOP women there.
“I believe I can have the biggest impact for the people of Wyoming by remaining in leadership in the House of Representatives and working to take our Republican majority back. I will not be running for the Senate in 2020. I plan to seek re-election to the House of Representatives,” she announced.
Cheney blasted ‘giddy’ House Democrats on Wednesday, demanding they be held accountable for putting President Trump and Americans through a partisan impeachment charade:
Just walked through aftermath of this “signing ceremony.” Dems were giddy with excitement in Capitol hallway, asking, “Did you get your pen?”
The American people will hold House Dems accountable for making a mockery of their duty to the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/nASTD2oc6V
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 15, 2020
The GOP Rep was reportedly met with a standing ovation after delivering her statement to her Republican colleagues during a closed-door policy meeting on Thursday, sources in the room told Politico.
While many see Cheney’s rise as an indicator that she could soon become the first female Republican Speaker, the Wyoming lawmaker seemed to throw cold water on the speculation as she told colleagues Thursday she wished for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to assume that role.
Lummis decided to jump into Wyoming’s Senate race at the urging of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has not been a fan of the Cheneys, calling the family “unrepentant warmongers” who need to “fade into obscurity.” But Lummis praised Cheney who would likely have beat her in the primary race.
“Her role as House Republican Conference Chair is one she truly excels in and I think her future knows no bounds,” Lummis said, adding that Cheney is a “great spokeswoman and leader” for Republicans in Washington.
“It’s a tremendous benefit to the people of Wyoming to have John Barrasso in leadership in the Senate and Liz Cheney in leadership in the House,” she added.
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