When Liz Met Mike
4:54 PM, Jul 17, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Did Mike Enzi open his reelection campaign by making something up?
Last week, Enzi gave an interview to Jonathan Martin of the New York Times. He explained that he’d gotten a call from Liz Cheney and shared the details of that call. Enzi said that Cheney told him that she was considering a run for his Senate seat. “She called me and said that she’s looking at it.” Enzi also said that Cheney hadn’t asked if he was going to run again.
Enzi also told Martin that he hadn’t heard from his prospective opponent’s father, former vice president Dick Cheney. “I would expect that he’d call before she declares,” Enzi said.
Then, yesterday, he told reporters on Capitol Hill something he hadn’t told Martin. “She said that if I ran she wasn’t going to run, but that obviously that wasn’t correct. I thought we were friends.”
Enzi’s new disclosure raises an obvious question: Why didn’t he mention this rather significant detail to Martin?
Did it slip his mind? Did he think that this promise, in the context of an interview about a potential primary challenge from Cheney, wasn’t important? Or did he make it up?
UPDATE: NBC reports that Cheney says Enzi is "confused."
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