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Underdog Candidate

23 Oct

Thomas Bleming


Thomas Bleming is running for the US Senate in 2014.  He announced his candidacy in May of 2013 and was the first to do so. He will be running against the incumbent Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney.  This is the second time that he has run for office, having challenged Sen. Barrasso for his senate seat in 2012 (he was soundly defeated).

Who He is

According to his Facebook page, he is 67 years olds and has lived in Wyoming since 1995. It says that he is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a photojournalist. It also mentions that he has traveled and lived in over 70 countries around the world. His basic platform is listed on his Facebook page and can be read here. Basically, he supports the Constitution, gun rights and supporting disabled veterans and the elderly. He says that he is against the Patriot Act, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Quick Poll

I did some quick polling through Facebook and Google and here is what I found.

Thomas Bleming   306 Likes,              9,450 Results
Mike Enzi               5326 Likes,         336,000 Results
Liz Cheney            5,689 Likes    28,000,000 Results

While I am the first to admit that neither of those are very scientific polls, I do thinks that it shows the kind of opposition Thomas Bleming will be up against.

I mentioned Thomas Bleming in an earlier post where I basically dismissed his chances. However, I decided to do a more thorough examination of his candidacy this series of posts because of the feedback I received on that post. My next post will deal more with his platform and personal background.

Liz Cheney and the 2014 Election

10 Oct
Liz Cheyney

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Liz Cheney is running in the 2014 Republican primary for US Senate in Wyoming. So far she has been able to gain the endorsements of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. According to the Conservative Intelligence Briefing website, she is trailing the incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi, by a sizeable margin.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sen. Mike Enzi is very much established in Wyoming politics and has a strong favorability rating. He won his last election by an overwhelming margin and has a good deal of experience. While Liz Cheney on the other hand has been involved in government but has not held an elected office. The fact that her Dad was the Vice-President under George W. Bush and is well respected in Wyoming may help her but only time can tell. Her other main disadvantage is how new she is to the state of Wyoming, she just recently moved back from Virginia and doesn’t even qualify as a resident for a fishing license.


The poll done by Harper Polling for Conservative Intel shows that 76% of Wyoming voters have are favorable towards Senator Mike Enzi, while 45% are favorable towards Liz Cheney. When asked how they would vote if the primary election was held today, 55% said they would vote for Sen. Enzi and 22% for Cheney.  According to another poll done by Public Policy Polling only 33% of Wyomingites consider Liz Cheney to be one, as opposed to 50% who do not. It also adds that 33% have a favorable view of her while 43% have an unfavorable.

Background Information

If your are looking for more background information on Liz Cheney here is a link to her campaign website, Wikipedia article, and my last blog post which also addressed that topic.

Comments are more than welcome.

New Political Day in Wyoming?

9 Oct


Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney has announced that she will run in the Republican primary for the US senate in 2014. She will be running against the incumbent Senator Mike Enzi, who will be seeking his fourth term as US senator. It seems that if she is to win the primary, it is going to be an uphill battle for her


Mike Enzi has served three terms in the US senate and had a long political career before that. According to his Senate website, he served six years in the Wyoming Air National Guard, two terms as Mayor of Gillett, WY, elected State Representative 3 times and State Senator once before being elected to the US Senate in 1996.

Thomas Bleming is a Vietnam War veteran who ran against Sen. John Barrasso in the 2012 Republican primary and was soundly defeated. After looking at his Facebook page and doing some web searches I don’t think he has a chance.
Liz Cheney
According to her biography on her campaign website, she had her first taste of campaigning at age 11, and traveled to Washington, D.C. when her father, former vice-president Dick Cheney was elected to Congress. She has practiced law and held positions in President George W. Bush’s administration. After President Obama was elected she founded the non-profit “Keep America Safe” and is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the University of Wyoming.

In my next post I will discuss what I think her chances of winning election are and advantages and disadvantages.