Alan Simpson: Lynne Cheney's telling a 'bald-faced lie'

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"In all of my 35-40 years of public life in Wyoming, I've never been called one particularly offensive name — and that is, a liar. And this is what Lynne Cheney said in her statement about this sad evening, and I quote her: 'As to the story posted on Facebook I have to admit I am at a bit of a loss. That simply did not happen.' And that twisted comment is one damn bald-faced lie and I have had a belly full of it! I have never been called a liar before and it sure as hell won't work this time," Simpson writes in a lengthy letter to the Cody Enterprise. 

"Now I know folks can go into the old pitch of 'he said, she said' and so I'll just leave it to the good people of Wyoming to know who is telling the truth here," Simpson continues. "I lay my reputation flat on the line before my fellow Wyomingites who know Ann and me, but I sure don't have to take that guff from anyone – whenever – whoever – ever!"

Simpson's support of Enzi gives him a boost in the primary race, and this hostile back-and-forth with a respected former senator could hurt Cheney's daughter's attempt to knock off Enzi in the race. Most observers believe Enzi has a strong edge in the race, partly because he's well-liked in the state and partly because some view Cheney, who moved back to Wyoming in recent years, as a carpet-bagger.

Simpson's angry remarks are at the end of the letter, after he described a confrontation earlier this week between him and Lynn, in which he says she accused him of intentionally embarrassing her daughter and granddaughter by asking to take his name off a football he'd signed that they were going to auction for charity. Read his full account here.