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Liz Cheney abandoning bid to unseat Wyoming’s GOP senator

Monday, January 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said Monday she is abandoning her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Cheney cited “serious health issues” that “have recently arisen in our family” as the reason for her decision.

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But her candidacy had raised hackles in the Republican Party and caused a public rift with her sister, Mary, a lesbian, over Liz Cheney’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

In her withdrawal statement, Cheney did not mention those controversies.

“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and they will always be my overriding priority,” Cheney said. She did not specify those health issues.

Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi angered and upset many Republicans and drew virtually no support from Senate Republicans, who rushed to back the Senate veteran. Enzi’s supporters called Cheney a carpetbagger and opportunist.

In November, Cheney said she opposed same-sex marriage, sparking a public feud with her sister, Mary.

In an appearance on Fox News, Liz Cheney told Chris Wallace, “I love Mary very much, I love her family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree.”

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The remark drew a sharp rebuke from Mary Cheney and her spouse Heather Poe:

“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,” Poe wrote in a Facebook post. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

“I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other,” Poe added.

Mary Cheney shared Poe’s comments, adding, “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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31 more reader comments:

  1. Her teeth are gross.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:28pm
  2. LMAO, that was the least of my worries.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:30pm
  3. how superficial!

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  4. Yes, Liz Cheney is VERY superficial. Enough to dis her own sister in public.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:02pm
  5. Opportunist. A pale imitation of her father – not a compliment. Wyoming got lucky.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:28pm
  6. Good. Her public image is rock-bottom anyway.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:30pm
  7. Dick Jr. Didn’t have a chance!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:32pm
  8. bye bye hater

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:36pm
  9. good…who wants someone who’s even a hater to her own sister…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:36pm
  10. her teeth are gross…I never noticed before

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:36pm
  11. What this nation doesn’t need is another Chaney. That family has done enough damage while feathering their own nest.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:39pm
  12. Why

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:40pm
  13. Chickenshit!! I think she saw that her ass was gonna be handed to her.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:43pm
  14. Wyoming certainly missed the bullet…. Hope this sends a message that America wants nothing to do with the Cheney’s…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  15. Good. One less bigot in Washington. (Although the ultimate victor might be just as awful…. it IS Wyoming)

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  16. About time

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:54pm
  17. Bye Liz have a nice life!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:55pm
  18. Bye skeez!!!! Good riddance to bad rubbish!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:03pm
  19. Hurray that bigot never had a chance! Another Chaney bits the dust. Yeah GOD

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:20pm
  20. She sure has the bigot qualifications to be in the GOP. Maybe she is going to wait until she shoots her best friend in the face, if she has one.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:23pm
  21. What’s with the mouth (teeth)?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:25pm
  22. BUH-BYE !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:29pm
  23. Thank god!! One Less bigoted idiot to worry about.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:37pm
  24. Oh darn.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:44pm
  25. Lmfao to all the prior comments! So true, so true!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:56pm
  26. Look it’s a walking contradiction -_-

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:56pm
  27. Good. One less bigot to worry about.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm
  28. Good!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:14pm
  29. aha!!! a quitter, just like sarah palin

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:15pm
  30. Good!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:24pm