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Republicans Shocked over Cheney Exit from Senate Race.

Wyoming Republicans expressed surprise today as Liz Cheney ended her primary challenge of U.S. Senator Michael Enzi, citing undisclosed health issues in her family.

“We were all shocked,” said Susan Thomas, a member of the state party’s executive committee and widow of former Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming. “It would have been a close race. It was going to be a tough, hard-hitting race. This is obviously pretty big in her family or she wouldn’t have done this.”

In a posting to her Facebook account, Cheney said she was leaving the race because “serious health issues have recently arisen in our family.”

Cheney, 47, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she was motivated to enter the contest because of her children and that “their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”

The challenger faced an uphill battle, and was criticized for not living in the state for long. The race pitted anti- government spending Tea Party activists against more traditional Republicans and reflected divisions that have burdened the party nationally since 2010, with some incumbents challenged if they’re viewed as too willing to compromise or not vocal enough in their opposition to Democrats.

Enzi, 69, who said July 16 that he would seek a fourth term, had said that Cheney told him that she wouldn’t run if he did, an assertion she challenged after entering the race.

Liz Cheney’s comments opposing same-sex marriage had set off a feud with her sister, Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian and married her partner last year.

In the statement, Cheney thanked her supporters.

“As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation,” she said. “Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”

Dick Cheney had criticized Enzi, as he sought to boost his daughter’s campaign.

“He doesn’t get much money from Wyoming,” Cheney said Oct. 27 on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “In the quarter just reported, Liz got 25 percent of her funds from Wyoming; he got 13 percent of his from Wyoming.”

Liz Cheney had called Enzi part of an aging Republican establishment. Enzi held a 92 percent rating from the American Conservative Union, a Washington-based group that opposes President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The primary challenge split the Republican party, with incumbents such as Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, volunteering to campaign for Enzi.

“I have grown to admire and respect Mike Enzi — I’ll tell you, he’s one of these solid guys,” McCain said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” in July. “I know nothing that Mike Enzi would do that didn’t deserve re-election.”

Thomas said she’d be surprised if any other serious candidates challenge Enzi.

“I don’t think so,” she said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think there will be anybody as strong as Liz.”

The stakes for the race were higher for the Cheney brand than the Republican Party’s efforts to win control of the Senate in 2014. In such a heavily Republican state — Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama by 41 percentage points in November — the primary’s winner is almost certain to win the seat.

“However that race went, we would have had a Republican senator,” said Marti Halverson, a member of the Republican National Committee from Wyoming.

Cheney and her husband moved to the Jackson Hole area in the state’s picturesque northwest corner in 2012. Speculation about her political ambition started immediately.

Her parents, Dick and Lynne Cheney, live on an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course with views of the Teton Mountain Range. They hosted a $30,000-per-couple fundraiser for Romney in 2012 at the home.

After moving to the area, Liz Cheney started making frequent appearances at county-level Republican Party events, sometimes joined by her father.

Her campaign announcement highlighted her family’s more than 100-year Wyoming history, including her father’s representation of the state in Congress from 1979 to 1989, an effort to preempt charges that she’s a carpetbagger who moved from suburban Washington, D.C., to run for office.


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‘Pained’ Cheney Defends Liz in Public Spat Between Daughters.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he and his wife Lynne are “pained” over the public row between daughters Liz and Mary over gay marriage, according to Politico.
Liz Cheney is challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wyoming Republican primary next August. Though both Cheney and Enzi oppose it, her candidacy has become strongly identified with opposition to gay marriage.
Mary Cheney told The New York Times, “What amazes me is that she says she’s running to be a new generation of leader. I’m not sure how sticking to the positions of the last 20 or 30 years is the best way to do that.”
And in a Facebook post she wrote: “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.”
On her own Facebook page Mary’s wife Heather Poe wrote: “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”
The former vice president and his wife said they were “surprised” that Mary and Heather Poe had publicly attacked Liz on Facebook and “wished it hadn’t happened” since the gay issue had “always been dealt with within the context of the family, and frankly, that’s our preference.”
Cheney noted that Liz “has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. . . . Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.”
The former vice president said that he would have nothing further to say on this “difficult” subject.
Liz Cheney’s position notwithstanding, American Principles Fund, a conservative super PAC, has spent $140,000 on ads implying that during her tenure in President George W. Bush’s State Department she did not oppose extending federal benefits to same-sex couples, Politico reported.
Polls show that by a majority of 59 to 41 percent Wyoming residents oppose gay marriage. Nationally, opposition among conservative-leaning Republican voters is as high as 73 percent.
A polls taken at the end of October showed Cheney trailing far behind Enzi.
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By Elliot Jager

Mary Cheney Takes Email Jab at Sister Liz.

Image: Mary Cheney Takes Email Jab at Sister Liz

By Cynthia Fagen

A family feud continued to heat up Tuesday between the gay daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney and her sister, who is running for political office in Wyoming and opposes same-sex marriage, Politico reported.

In an email to “Freedom Indiana” a group fighting a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in that state, Mary Cheney, a married lesbian, took a jab at her sister Liz, calling her a hypocrite.

“Freedom means freedom for everyone,” Mary Cheney wrote in the email. “For me, that’s not just another saying. It’s who I am — the core of what I believe. No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve.”

“Freedom means freedom for everyone” was a reference to a 2009 interview in which Liz Cheney told MSNBC that she was not for gay marriage, but that “my family has been very clear about this, that we think freedom means freedom for everybody,” and that the issue should be decided by individual states.

During her GOP campaign for the state Senate seat, Liz Cheney a mother of five, said she believes in a “traditional definition of marriage.”

The rest of the email from Mary Cheney read:

“That’s why when I heard about HJR-6 — the proposed constitutional amendment that would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families — I knew I had to join the powerful bipartisan movement that’s working to stop this anti-freedom amendment.”

“Speaking out against HJR-6 isn’t a matter of politics. It’s about family,” she added. “It’s about everyone feeling welcome in the state they call home. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my wife, Heather, and our two children. And then I think about the thousands of same-sex couples and their families in Indiana who would be directly impacted by HJR-6, I’m committed to standing together and working across party lines to keep this amendment out of Indiana’s constitution.”

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