Cheney Out


Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN late Sunday.
Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, began telling associates of her decision over the weekend and could make an official announcement about the race as early as Monday.

Quite a career arc you got there, Liz. From The Most Famous Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs to failed non-nominee for US Senate from Wyoming.

Nice going. Wonder how many checks Daddy has to write to financial backers of His Little Deferment?

PoliCyBear covered Liz’s entrance into this gimme-gimme-gimme primary in Wyoming here, our most-loved post ever, thanks to Digby — who called my post “the definitive take.”

7 thoughts on “Cheney Out

  1. Teddy Post author

    WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney intends to withdraw from the Wyoming Republican Senate primary, according to two sources familiar with her plans, bringing an abrupt end to her unsteady challenge to the incumbent, Michael B. Enzi.

    Ms. Cheney, 47, the former vice president’s elder daughter, is expected to drop out of the race this week, citing family reasons. She did not respond to emails and phone calls late Sunday.

    Since declaring her candidacy in July against Mr. Enzi, a well-liked, three-term Senate veteran, Ms. Cheney not only never found traction but also wound up causing deep rifts among longtime friends and even within her own family.


  2. Teddy Post author

    Liz Cheney is poised to drop out of the Senate race in Wyoming, two Republican officials told ABC News, reaching a decision over the holidays that it was time to abandon her Republican primary challenge against Sen. Mike Enzi.

    Cheney, the 47-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney who was making her first foray into politics as a candidate, is expected to make an announcement as early as today.

    The decision to abandon her Senate bid came nearly as abruptly as her decision to initially enter the contest last July, when she surprised party leaders in Wyoming and Washington by setting up a contentious primary fight against Enzi, a well-respected three-term Republican. She sought to rally the support of her father’s old political network in Wyoming, but struggled to introduce herself to Wyoming voters and to win over many Republican leaders, who sided with Enzi.

    Her candidacy sparked controversy inside her own family when she declared her opposition to same-sex marriage. Her younger sister, Mary Cheney, who is lesbian, forcefully challenged Liz’s position and suggested that she had changed her views. The fight even drew in their parents, the former vice president and his wife, Lynne, who said they were “pained” to see the private rift become so public, but they effectively sided with Liz.


  3. Teddy Post author

    Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is preparing to end her longshot bid to become a U.S. senator from Wyoming, CNN’s Peter Hamby and John King report.


    According to the report, an official announcement could come as soon as Monday. A Cheney campaign spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Cheney’s exit would mark the end of a disastrous five-month campaign to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi in the primary. 


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    1. Teddy Post author

      It’s rather irresponsible parenting, isn’t it?  Ripping the kids out of the schools, activities, and neighborhoods only to plant them half a continent away to fulfill some bizarre and completely unrealistic political ambition she has?  Now, to tear them back away to McLean, Virginia….  Family Values!

  4. Teddy Post author

    Juicy details from the CNN article:

    In a statement after her announcement to drop out, the Wyoming Republican Party praised Liz Cheney for being a “stalwart supporter” and fundraiser for Wyoming candidates and county parties in the past.

    “Liz is a rising star in Wyoming and national politics and we look forward to her return when the time is right for her and her family,” the statement read.

    Cheney’s campaign got off to a rocky start.

    Her critics labeled her a carpetbagger, noting that she moved to Wyoming only in 2012 after relocating from Virginia. The issue flared in August after the Wyoming media reported that Cheney improperly received a fishing license despite not living in the state for at least a year, as the law requires.

    Grabbing even more attention was her very public dispute with her sister, Mary, over the issue of same-sex marriage.

    Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian, took to Facebook in November to object to Liz Cheney’s opposition to same-sex marriage, claiming that her sister has previously supported her relationship while saying something very different on the campaign trail.

    The dispute prompted their parents to weigh in, saying they were “pained” to see the sisters battle over a private matter in full view of the news media.