The daughter-in-law of former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) on Tuesday stood by her account of a tense encounter between the Wyoming politician and Lynne Cheney, sparked by his support for daughter Liz Cheney’s Senate primary opponent.
Deb Oakley Simpson wrote on her Facebook page Saturday that during a fundraiser in Cody, Wyo., the wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney told her father-in-law to “shut your mouth” about his support for incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).
“I just wanted to say, I stand by my post as honest and straight-forward,” Simpson wrote Tuesday. “Despite what others are saying, it did happen and I am fascinated by people who won’t own up to their actions.”
Simpson also clarified her role in the incident. She wrote that she was not part of the alleged conversation between Lynne Cheney and her father-in-law, but instead “was near and was told by my husband and my father-in-law at the dinner table of Lynne’s comments.”
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