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Lummis set to run for third term

Lummis set to run for third term

May 22, 2012 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Lambasting federal spending and rulemaking as excessive, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced her bid for a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House.

"Here in Wyoming we need to take the message of fiscal responsibility back to Washington," Lummis said Monday, standing at the base of the steps in front of the State Capitol.

"And we also need to work for the people of Wyoming to make sure that the policies of the federal government are not impairing us from reaching our full potential."

Lummis was first elected to the House in 2008. She easily won re-election to a two-year term in 2010, defeating Democrat David Wendt with more than 70 percent of the vote.

So far, two candidates have announced plans to challenge Lummis: Casper College political science instructor Chris Henrichsen, a Democrat, and former Roman Catholic priest Charlie Hardy, an independent from Cheyenne.

Lummis said there needs to be fundamental changes in how the nation is governed, especially when it comes to addressing the huge federal debt.

"Every American here today owes more money to the federal government than every individual citizen of Greece owes to the government of Greece," she said. "That's intolerable, it's immoral, it's unacceptable and we have to change it."

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