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Simpson says Lynne Cheney told him to ‘shut up’ at event

Another minor firestorm has been sparked by the race between Sen. Mike Enzi and challenger Liz Cheney.

Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson said Lynne Cheney, the mother of the Republican Senate hopeful, told him to “shut up” during the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Patrons Ball Saturday night.

Both Simpson and Cheney, the wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, claim the dispute centered on Simpson’s earlier refusal to sign a football for Cheney’s granddaughter at a recent fundraiser in Laramie.

Simpson had been officially neutral in the GOP race, but made his support to Enzi known during an interview with The Huffington Post Tuesday.

“I am unqualified in my support of Mike Enzi, but it’s not about Liz Cheney for God’s sake,” he said. “It’s about the fact that I’m the guy who talked Mike Enzi into running for public office. I met him when he was the president of the Wyoming Jaycees. I explained that to Lynne but she didn’t seem to listen.

“I was surprised at her intensity,” Simpson said. “It was eyes-flashing and pretty intense.”

The former three-term senator said he had refused a request from Liz Cheney’s daughter to sign the football when the girl said she didn’t know if it was going to be used for campaign purposes.

Simpson’s daughter-in-law, Deb Oakley Simpson, brought the matter to public attention with a Saturday night posting on her Facebook page.

“So I’m at the Patrons Ball tonight and Lynne Cheyney (sic), mother if Liz, comes up to my father-in-law and tells him to ... I believe the quote was “Shut your mouth” regarding his support of Mike Enzi,” Oakley Simpson wrote. “I was trempted (sic) to go tell her where she can go for speaking to a man I love that way when it occurred to me her so very classy commentary would be better shared here. Isn’t she a gem! Like mother like daughter??”

She added three hashtags to the post showing she supported Enzi and was strongly opposed to Liz Cheney: #WeLikeMike, #carpetbagger and #entitledtowhatexactly? and later posted a photo of Simpson and Lynne Cheney talking at the event.

After at first denying the incident had taken place — “That simply did not happen” — Lynne Cheney offered a different take Tuesday in a a statement released by her daughter’s campaign: “The conversation was not about Mike Enzi. It was about Al’s blow up at the FMC event  in Laramie when my 15 yr old granddaughter asked him to sign a football to be used to raise money for cancer patients in Rock Springs. Al was rude to my granddaughter and I told him he was out of line. The topic was not Mike Enzi.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.


  • posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    September 26, 2013 1:01 pm

    Just more of the same old stump grinder BS from the same old stump grinders...hilarious at best,even if it is nothing more than a distraction aay from real issues.

  • posted by Jack Kendrick

    September 26, 2013 12:34 pm

    Totally classless!

    I can't believe that we are even being subjected to this carpetbagger who can't even be honest on a fishing license application. She claimed she had lived in Wyoming for 10 years so it is very hard to understand how that could have been an "honest" mistake. If she will lie to save herself a few measly bucks that she could easily afford, image the lies she is going to spew to the people of Wyoming.

    And speaking of lies, I wonder why she absolutely scrubbed the website for "Keep America Safe" from the Internet. That organiation that she co-founded with the neocon, Bill Krystal, was one of her proudest accomplishments but apparently she does not want us to know what she used to really think so she hit the delete button. I spent some time on that website and it was clear to me that Liz never saw a two-bit war in the Middle East that she did not want the USA to intervene in (makes Daddy richer dontcha know). Now she claims that she is against getting involved in Syria and for anybody who believes that, I have some beach front property for sale in Greybull.

    And of course Keep America Safe was also a big fan of the NSA's domestic surveillance. Maybe Liz finally realized that having the Federal Government read our email and record our phone calls was not exactly fit with Wyoming values and was not particularly consistent with the Tea Party image that she has recently been attempting to cultivate.

    Classless! Liz Cheney should go back to Virginia.

  • posted by Salty Dawg

    September 26, 2013 9:45 am

    This article is all over the Casper Star Tribune and is old news now,but it is rather funny to watch RINO's duke it out like alley cats.

  • posted by clipstein

    September 26, 2013 9:25 am

    laughable two idiots......wake up people. you will not get good, honest, straight people to run for office till you demand.......keep voting for system sucking idiots and that is all you will get

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