A couple months of "consideration" will come to an end early next week, when Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney plans to announce her candidacy for the state's at-large House seat, a Republican official confirmed Saturday following an Associated Press report .
Cheney — a Republican political commentator whose father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, represented Wyoming in the House from 1979 to 1989 — plans to join the growing field of candidates running to replace Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, who announced in November she would not run for re-election. Cheney moved to Wyoming in 2012 to challenge Sen. Michael B. Enzi for re-election, an unsuccessful, five month effort she ended by citing “serious health issues ” in her family but that also caused political heartburn in Republican political circles.
Cheney, who a Republican operative said has built a campaign team this month, will enter the race with access to an established national network, but will face a competitive primary in August.
Even before Lummis said she would not run, Jason Senteney, a man who had challenged her before, began his campaign for the seat. And as soon as Lummis said she would not run, Wyoming state Rep. Tim Stubson joined the race, followed by pizza shop owner Charlie Tyrrel the same month and state Sen. Leland Christensen in January.