John M. Becker

Liz Cheney Dropping Out Of Wyoming Senate Race

Filed By John M. Becker | January 06, 2014 8:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: family feud, gay marriage, Heather Poe, Liz Cheney, marriage equality, Mary Cheney, Mike Enzi, Republican Party, same-sex marriage, Wyoming

liz-cheney.jpgCNN reports that Liz Cheney is abandoning her bid for Republican Mike Enzi's U.S. Senate seat:

Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, began telling associates of her decision over the weekend, CNN reported late Sunday night.

"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," she added.

Cheney's surprising decision to jump into the race, an announcement made in a YouTube video last summer, roiled Republican politics in the Wyoming, a state that Dick Cheney represented in Congress for five terms before moving up the Republican food chain in Washington.

Enzi was a low-key presence in Washington who was elected in 1996 and, with few blemishes, amassed a conservative voting record in the Senate. He expressed public annoyance at Cheney's decision to mount a primary challenge. A number of his Senate colleagues quickly rallied to his side and pledged support for his re-election bid.

Cheney released a statement this morning saying her decision to drop out is due to "serious health issues" that have recently arisen in the Cheney family.

She consistently trailed in the polls and was lambasted as a carpetbagger, but Cheney's campaign reached a nadir in November when she doubled down on her opposition to marriage equality in an interview with Fox News. This triggered an impassioned response from Liz's lesbian sister Mary and her wife Heather and touched off a nasty, bitter family feud.

My thoughts on the matter are after the jump.

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