There have been rumors swirling that one of the most powerful Republicans in the House would be making a run for the Senate in 2020.
But this week, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) put an end to the speculation, according to the Daily Caller, stating definitively that she will not be making a Senate run this fall.
Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has apparently decided to stay put. As the third-highest ranking House Republican, she seems to have taken on the role of being the “Pelosi tamer.”
“Nancy Pelosi and the Socialist Democrats in the House of Representatives are threatening our freedom and our Wyoming values every day. They must be stopped,” Cheney said Thursday, according to the Daily Caller.
She went on: “Our nation is facing grave security challenges overseas and the House Democrats are working to weaken our president and embolden our enemies. Socialists in Congress and among the presidential candidates are threatening our liberty and freedom.”
If Cheney were to leave her seat and make a Senate run, who knows who would be running for her seat? Indeed, there’s always the possibility a Democrat could take her vacated chair.
A key priority for Republicans right now is to win the House back in 2020, something Cheney believes the GOP can do if she stays put.
“I believe I can have the biggest impact for the people of Wyoming by remaining in leadership in the House of Representatives and working [to] take our Republican majority back,” Cheney said.
Taking back the House
When Republicans lost control of House in 2018, it was not exactly unexpected. History has proven that it is very tough for the party in the White House to hold the House during the first term of a new presidency if they are already in the majority.
But while Republicans lost the majority, it was not an overwhelming loss — and this debacle of impeachment has many believing Republicans are well on their way to taking the House back during the next election cycle.
If that happens, we can expect sweeping legislation to be pushed through Congress — assuming that Republicans can also hang on to their majority in the Senate.
We’ll just have to wait and see.