Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, informed her colleagues on Thursday that she will not launch a bid for Wyoming’s open Senate seat, choosing instead to remain in the House, according to sources.
Cheney’s decision comes after months of speculation over whether she would throw her hat in the Senate race after Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) announced in May he would retire after more than two decades in Congress.
The Wyoming Republican cited Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and “socialist Democrats” as her reasoning for staying in the lower chamber.
“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. 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 said in a statement.
Cheney has been a great fundraiser which could give her an advantage at becoming speaker should the GOP take control.