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GOP Politics Gets Nasty With Dick Cheney Family: Lynne Cheney Tells Former Sen. Alan Simpson To “Shut Up–Just Shut Up–Shut Up”

November 3, 2013

I am rather stunned that anyone thinks they can get the best of former Republican Senator Alan Simpson.    But when it is the Dick Cheney clan who thinks they have the upper hand over the most wily and creative verbal artist that roams Wyoming—then that makes for a great news story.

All this results from the Tasmanian she-devil better known as Liz Cheney (Darth Vader’s daughter) doing everything possible to somehow con the voters of Wyoming into giving her a senate seat.    Somehow Alan Simpson got to close to the vipers in the den and Lynne Chenny struck out like the snake we all know her to be.

Other Wyoming politicos who’ve tried to stay above the fray have found themselves drawn into the feud, notably Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator known for his crotchety demeanor. The Cheneys and the Simpsons were at a charity gala in Cody, Wyoming, when Lynne Cheney—Liz’s mother, Dick’s wife, and a writer of racy novels—allegedly approached Simpson and told him to “shut your mouth.” Simpson’s daughter-in-law posted about the incident on her Facebook page, and the local press picked up the story. Lynne issued a statement asserting that the interaction “simply did not happen.”

This denial apparently sent Simpson into a rage. He penned a remarkable 2,200-word letter to the Cody Enterprise recounting the whole shaggy-dog story from beginning to end: his admiration for Dick Cheney, his loyalty to Enzi, his repeated attempts to avoid getting dragged into conflict between the two camps. A literal political football is involved, as well as an organization called Cowboys Against Cancer and an invocation of the delightfully named late Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop. Simpson reaffirms the scene with Cheney—in his telling, she is holding a drink, and bursts out, “Oh, I’ve heard enough of that and I don’t want to hear anymore. I just want to tell you something, ‘Shut up—just shut up —shut up.'”

True to intemperate form, Simpson concludes by noting that he will not be called a liar by anyone. “I’ve been called fool, idiot, boob, bonehead, dink, slob, greenie, soot-covered slob, all the rest—and that is ‘fair,’ believe it or not, in politics,” Simpson writes. But in four decades, he adds, “I have never been called a liar before and it sure as hell won’t work this time.”

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