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07/16/2013 07:56 pm ET

Liz Cheney in 2012: Mike Enzi Is 'A Terrific Senator And An Old Friend'

AP

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) got the news Tuesday that Liz Cheney is planning to run against him in 2014, he sounded like a forlorn teenager.

"I thought we were friends," Enzi sadly told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to The Washington Post.

Enzi said that Cheney, whose father is former Vice President Dick Cheney, had already told him she wouldn't run for his seat if he planned to seek reelection. “Obviously that wasn’t correct,” he said.

It turns out that Cheney thought they were friends too. Last year, at least.

“Sen. Enzi is a terrific senator and an old friend,” Cheney told a Wyoming newspaper in an August 2012 interview that highlighted her recent move to Wyoming from Virginia. “I’m sure he’ll let folks know when he’s ready to let folks know about his decision in 2014.”

Several Republicans appeared ruffled by Cheney's announcement. Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R), for one, called the move "bad form" and predicted Cheney would lose to Enzi, regardless of how much money she raised.

Lummis also chided Cheney for running in Wyoming, since she hasn't lived there long.

Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, also weighed in. He suggested Cheney's timing was off.

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