Mary Cheney ‘Not Supporting Liz’s Candidacy’ For Wyoming Senate Seat


In an article titled, "The Race That Broke the Cheney Family," Politico's Jason Zengerle delves into the Cheney family feud that ensued after Liz Cheney, embroiled in a primary challenge for fellow Republican Mike Enzi's Wyoming senate seat, a race she was early on anticipated to win, publicly announced her opposition to same-sex marriage. Liz's sister, Mary, is openly gay and married with children and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is also notably pro-marriage equality. Politico reports:

Unbeknownst even to some of her closest friends and advisers, [Liz's] newly announced opposition to gay marriage had caused a major rift in the famously close Cheney family, and she and Mary were no longer on speaking terms. Days after we talked it all became public, when, in a series of Facebook posts as devastating as they were surprising, Mary blasted her sister’s stance against marriage equality. “Liz’s position is to treat my family as second class citizens,” Mary wrote. “This isn't like a disagreement over grazing fees or what to do about Iran.” The public rebuke was the first communication between the sisters since August, and soon their parents, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, found themselves dragged into the imbroglio, issuing a statement defending Liz.

But Mary wasn’t done speaking out. In a series of emails to me this week, as the news of her break with her sister spread, Mary wrote, “I’m not supporting Liz’s candidacy.” She later clarified: “By supporting, I mean not working, not contributing, and not voting for (I’m registered in Virginia not Wyoming).” The best she could say of the sister who was once her close friend and confidante was a final postscript: “I am not saying I hope she loses to Enzi.”

As previously reported, one of Mary's most pointed posts on Facebook referenced Liz's comments on Fox News: "Liz – this isn't just an issue on which we disagree – you're just wrong – and on the wrong side of history." Though Mary and Liz were previously close, particularly during their father's tenure as Vice President, both sisters having worked on the 2000 and 2004 campaigns, the question of gay marriage has seemingly torn the fabric that once united the Cheney family: “'It’s very un-Cheney-like for one arm of the family to do something the other part doesn’t know about in the political sphere and cause any degree of heartburn,' says one former adviser to Dick Cheney."


  1. oncemorewithfeeling says

    There is no feud. This is political theatre designed to get the bigots in Wyoming to think Liz is a bigger bigot than the bigot she’s running against.

    Mary Cheney has always done what would get her family the most power to bring the most destruction to this country, so why would anybody think that she’s doing anything other than that right now?

  2. Jim says

    Very interesting article. What a repulsive family (Mary excepted). Dad is a bloody-handed psychopathic war criminal, Mom is lying lush, Sis is an amoral opportunist and political hack. Republican family values on display. Just think–these people were one heartbeat away from being America’s first family. Yikes!

  3. cdubois says

    F Mary! How do you justify working to elect the most anti gay president, George Bush, yet when your own sister runs you suddenly have moral fortitude? Gimme a break

  4. EchtKultig says

    Agree with DJChicago and MichaelJ. This is just a disgusting bit of political theater from a disgusting, amoral family. Being honest about her lesbianism is a trifle bit of integrity on Mary’s part…but that’s all it is.

  5. says

    If the Cheney sisters are in synch and this is a manufactured feud, it’s hard to imagine what they’re thinking the theater will accomplish, other than showing how dysfunctional they are? Liz’s campaign is–rightfully–going down in flames. She would have been better off taking a family-supportive stand instead of failing to out anti-gay her opponent and throwing her sister under the bus.

    Perhaps Mary is finally tired of being vilified and re-closeted by her despicable family, while they spew how good Liz is (the daughter with a name)? You can’t side with your family over your own and your spouse’s human dignity forever–she’s wising up at long last.

  6. MIke says

    Liz Cheney is the Kay Bailey Hutchison (running for Governor of Texas against Perry) of Wyoming. She comes out of the DC establishment to run locally and the residents wonder “Who exactly said you were needed here?”

  7. melvin says

    With or without Lizard, Wyoming will still be represented by two social fascists in the Senate. DC, with a considerably larger population, has no representation at all.

  8. Pete Johnson says

    Well, since Mary Cheney and Liz Cheney are now publicly arguing about gay marriage again, it’s time to pull out this old piece of literary garbage by Lynne Cheney, about lesbians on the Western frontier. Randi Rhodes read excepts of it live on the radio, it was HILARIOUS!

    From the comments:

    “Just focus for a moment on the nickname of the husband of the authoress, and it becomes E-Z to understand why Lynne Cheney’s throbbing pudenda compelled her to write this novel more than two decades ago. As directed by the Commander in Chief, the White House gynecologist has since infibulated the author. Yet potent testimony of the intensity of gratified female desire remains between the well-thumbed pages of the few yellowing copies of “Sisters” that have not been purchased and burned by Attorney General John Ashcroft and his staff members.

    “Sisters” made its debut when Mrs. Cheney was an unknown scribbler, though her words undoubtedly inspired the life choices of her daughter Mary. It is shameful that partisan political pressure upon Lynne’s publishing house, as well as her current status as Second Womyn of the United States, keeps this moist, glistening gem from being reissued. Readers across America would find “Sisters” a fine excuse for self-abuse if only this exquisite paean to Sapphic love, as well as to prophylactic-clad heterosexual bonking in the Wild West, became widely available once again! Forty-four bidders attempted to buy a yellowing copy from eBay, yet only one succeeded, at a price beyond rubies.”

  9. says

    For Liz this was never “a race she was early on anticipated to win,” at least not in the opinion of Wyomingites. That is what makes her opportunistic sibling cruelty so extra appalling, that she would support bastardizing her own nephew and niece in a desperate attempt to win a race where she doesn’t have a chance. Even if Liz secured majority support among Wyoming Republicans (which she won’t) enough Democrats will vote in the GOP primary to defeat her.

  10. ThomT says

    ZERO support or sympathy for Mary Cheney. First, Mary and Heather are NOT married in the state in which they live – Virginia. 2) Mary Cheney is a life long Republican, she votes Republican, she donates to Republican candidates, she worked for the Republican party … boo hoo Mary, your sister doesn’t support you but, just in case you hadn’t noticed neither does the party you have endorsed, financed, supported and worked for. Maybe you can’t pick your family but you sure as hell can pick your political party. So where is all your hate for the GOP? My money says that Mary didn’t vote for Terry McAuliffe (the Democrat and candidate who support marriage equality) for governor this month in her residence state of Virginia. Instead of worrying about her sister’s dead end run for a senate seat she has no chance of winning it would be better for Mary & Heather to spend their time stirring up some support for marriage equality in Virginia so that their part-time (DC only) marriage would be acknowledged as legal in their own house. Sometimes people get just exactly what they deserve and this time I think it’s Mary. And, by the way, I think Liz Cheney is as big a slime as her father so please don’t think I would ever support her candidacy.

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