CASPER — Citing “serious health issues” within the family, U.S. Senatorial candidate Liz Cheney has decided to discontinue her campaign in Wyoming.
“My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and wellbeing will always be my overriding priority,” Cheney said in a statement.
The Wyoming Republican Party issued a statement, which read in part, “(We) wish the best to Liz Cheney and her family as they deal with difficult family health issues. Liz has been a stalwart supporter of our party, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for our candidates and county parties. Liz is a rising star in Wyoming and national politics and we look forward to her return when the time is right for her and her family.”
According to early polls, Cheney was well behind Sen. Mike Enzi, who is now expected to be easily re-elected to his fourth term.
Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, took some heat after her surprise announcement in July 2013 to challenge Enzi. Wyoming’s representatives in Washington quickly showed their support for Enzi. Political analysts suggested Cheney was premature in challenging within the Republican Party a well-established Enzi.
Cheney underwent further criticism after she applied for and received a Wyoming fishing license less than three months after moving to Wyoming from Virginia. Wyoming state law says residents must live in the state for a full year in order to obtain a residential fishing license.
In November, Mary Cheney, Liz Cheney’s younger sister who is a lesbian and in a same-sex marriage, publicly questioned Cheney’s stance on same-sex marriage, saying that Liz Cheney had previously supported her relationship, all the while saying much different things on the hot topic during her campaign.
The public disagreement led to a statement from their parents, Dick and Lynne Cheney, saying Liz Cheney has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage.
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