Liz Cheney drops out of Wyoming Senate race, cites family health concerns

Posted by: ST on January 6, 2014 at 9:35 am
Liz Cheney

Her campaign was never really
able to get off the ground.

Via Fox News:

Liz Cheney is ending her campaign to be the next senator from Wyoming, dropping her primary challenge to Republican incumbent Mike Enzi.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in a written statement released Monday morning, cited health issues in the family.

“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign,” she said. “My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority. … 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.”

Cheney had also struggled to mount a formidable campaign against the incumbent senator, and polls had shown her far behind.

Cheney, who has worked for Fox News as a political commentator, announced that she would run against Enzi this past July, raising the prospect of a rare primary contest among Wyoming Republicans. Enzi, who was easily elected to a third Senate term in 2008, had the support of much of the state’s political establishment, as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Cheney’s campaign was beset by distractions almost immediately. County records seen by the Associated Press in late July showed that Cheney and her husband were late paying property taxes on a home they’d bought in 2012 in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

That was followed by Cheney making remarks opposing same-sex marriage in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” this past November, despite the fact that her sister, Mary, is married to a woman.

Which led to an embarassing public spat between Liz and the couple.

My first thought when I read her statement was that it might have something to do with her father, former VP Dick Cheney, who has a heart condition but reading it closer it sounds like there are issues related to the health of one of her children.  Either way, I hope there is a positive resolution to the health issues she hints at and that she, with her strong voice, returns to the public spotlight when the time is right.

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3 Responses to “Liz Cheney drops out of Wyoming Senate race, cites family health concerns”


  1. Phineas says:

    I never saw the logic of primarying Enzi who, though a career backbencher, has been a reliable conservative. We need to concentrate our effort and money on vulnerable Democrats — there are more out there than we realize.

    As for Liz, I like her and her commentary a lot. I just wish she had picked a better state to run in — Virginia, where she’s lived for a long time, or South Carolina, to which she could have moved to challenge Graham. I think she would have had solid support for that.

  2. kyle says:

    I’ll believe that business about her kids’ health when she offers some details with proof. In other words, never.

    She tried to bump off Enzi and he wouldn’t be bumped. Now she’s hiding behind her kids. Typical Cheney.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Some things to consider here:

    1. Family comes first.
    2. Running for public office, like filing suit, makes your life an open book.
    3. Why chance losing a Republican seat to the commiecrats by watering down the GOP votes?
    4. After the way the RNC threw Ken Cuchinnelli to the wolves, why take the chance?