Liz Cheney Abandoned Her Senate Campaign, Citing Health Concerns

Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced yesterday that she is discontinuing her campaign for the Senate in Wyoming against incumbent Republican, Mike Enzi.

Cheney released a written statement citing “serious health issues” in the family that caused her to drop out of the race:

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.

Though Cheney has served as a former State Department official under the George W. Bush administration, the campaign still faced major setbacks almost immediately.

Records obtained and seen by the Associated Press last July, showed that Cheney and her husband were months late in paying property taxes on their Jackson Hole home.

Additionally, critics often named her a carpetbagger because she allegedly moved to Wyoming in 2012 after spending years in Virginia. A month after her announcement to run, another issue arose after there were reports that Cheney improperly received a fishing license, as she was not living in the state for a year, as the law states.

Drawing even more attention and criticism was her public argument with sister Mary, over same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney, who is openly lesbian, went to Facebook in 2012 to object to Liz Cheney’s opposition to same-sex marriage, and wrote:

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, to have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.

Dick Cheney, on the other hand, has said that he supports extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Jaclyn Raulerson
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