While Former Vice President Dick Cheney has stayed mostly mum on his daughter’s bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), his wife allegedly had some harsh words Saturday for a former senator who voiced his support for Enzi.
Lynne Cheney told former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) to “shut your mouth” about Liz Cheney’s primary opponent at a fundraiser in Cody, Wyo., according to Simpson’s daughter-in-law.
“So I’m at the Patrons Ball tonight and Lynne Cheney, the mother of Liz, comes up to my father-in-law and tells him to… I believe the direct quote was ‘Shut your mouth’ regarding his support of Mike Enzi,” Deb Oakley Simpson wrote on her Facebook page, as quoted by the Casper Star-Tribune.
Liz Cheney’s campaign denied those were her mother’s words.
“We love Al and Ann,” a statement from the Cheney camp emailed to the Star-Tribune and attributed to Lynne Cheney read. “We have been friends for over 40 years. As to the story posted on Facebook, I have to admit I am at a bit of a loss. That simply did not happen.”
Alan Simpson did not offer comment to the newspaper on the issue.
Update: Deb Oakley Simpson’s Facebook post was visible to the public Tuesday.
Correction: The headline of this post originally misstated Lynne Cheney’s alleged remark. She reportedly told Simpson to “shut your mouth.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.