Liz Cheney Bows Out of the Wyoming Senate Race
Matt | On 06, Jan 2014
Happy New Year everyone!
This morning I was greeted with the excellent news that, at least for now, there won’t be another Cheney in public office for a while. Liz Cheney, the fiery daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has dropped out of the race to be Wyoming’s next U.S. senator. She was to run against Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the primary.
And the people of Wyoming should all breathe a collective sigh of relief in unison now.
Liz did, however, reference health issues in her family that have taken a priority over the campaign. She did not get specific about who the issues affected or what they were.
“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 their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority,” she said in a statement early Monday morning.
Liz Cheney’s decision to jump in the race was rife with side-eyes from the very beginning. First was the issue of her residency. It was rumored that she moved out to Wyoming from the Washington, D.C. area for residency purposes only shortly before declaring herself a candidate.
Then there was the issue of her sister Mary, an out lesbian who is married to her partner, Heather Poe. Liz spoke out against gay marriage causing a public back-and-forth with Mary about the issue.
Lastly, I feel that the public is just tired of the Cheney brand as a whole. Dick definitely didn’t leave a good taste in anybody’s mouth (pun extremely NOT intended). Liz wasn’t doing much to clean up that image or even show a little compassion to her family at times during her journey. I wish her and her family well as they deal with the health issues in the family. That seems to be the best place for her now.