Liz Cheney Abandoning Senate Bid, Cites ‘Health Issues’ in Family

Liz Cheney is dropping out of the U.S. Senate primary in Wyoming to unseat Mike Enzi, CNN reports:

Liz_cheney"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign," she said. 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.


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.

As you may recall, Cheney's bid caused a public family spat to break out over her positions on LGBT rights:

Mary, over the issue of same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian, took to Facebook in November to object to Liz's opposition to same-sex marriage, claiming that her sister has previously supported her relationship while saying something very different on the campaign trail. The dispute prompted their parents to weigh in, saying they were "pained" to see the sisters battle over a private matter in full view of the news media.


  1. Paul R says

    And the state of Wyoming breathes a huge sigh of relief.

    It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s very unlikely that you’ll win a Senate seat if you’ve never held any public office.

  2. ben~andy says

    Since it isn’t likely she’s stupid, she can probably read the writing on the wall. 10th Circuit is certain to rule on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban before November. The likelihood [or at least the danger] is that they’ll affirm and that means same sex marriage will become “legal” [though this time there is SURE to be a stay request property filed] and that takes down WY, CO, KS and OK [my but the wind of change is gonna come sweeping down that plain!]. With a gay, married sister, la Liz is badly tarred no matter her last name, no matter who her daddy is, no matter what she says. Besides, she’s a total carpetbagger who’s basically never lived in the state. She probably thinks it isn’t worth the fight this time around. Wait until it becomes legal everywhere [next election cycle probably] and then you can run AGAINST it, not that she could really DO anything about it and could pick any of the states she’s lived in quite a bit more. Like VA where she’s basically lived all of her adult life since law school. If she’d run and lost [and beating a sitting Senator is still a long shot, even for Republicans], she’d be a loser wherever she tried the next time.

    Or it could just have been to polish up her Fox Commentator creds.

  3. woody says

    Thinking the same thing, John. She’ll be hightailing it back to Virginia.
    After all, as a senator she’d be spending most of her time in the DC area anyway. She never wanted to live in Wyoming.
    Also, there’s another Woody here now… Hello, other Woody.

  4. kdknyc says

    “Health issues”. That would be the very red face she’d have when she lost by a huge margin.

    Perhaps daddy had a come-to-jesus meeting over the holidays, and let her know that this was a losing battle.

  5. Bob says

    Please re-edit this posting … the wording, not the content. It’s very difficult to follow. “Enzi” suddenly pops up in the 3rd paragraph with no prior reference. If I didn’t already know he was another candidate I would have been totally lost. Then “Mary” pops up, again with no prior reference.

  6. RonCharles says

    Translation: “I finally got around to looking at the state polls, and I don’t have a Wyoming Snowball’s chance in Hell of beating Senator Mike Enzi!”

  7. gwrightg says

    Darth Vader the younger–
    happy that she wont be haunting the halls of the Senate anytime soon.
    she can go back to being the churlish mouthpiece of her father.

  8. Sam says

    What a revelation! Guess the political coal walking got too hot for Liz when she threw her Lesbian sister under the bus for her stance against same-sex marriage. This is one of the major growing problems facing the GOP in this year’s congressional elections.

  9. Bernie says

    all I can say is that my first reaction to Ms. Cheney’s quitting was pure laughter! She made “much adieu about nothing” sums it up about her determination, lack of smarts and just plain dumb that she made a big stink about marriage equality in public and with her family and then to turn around and quit…what does that say about her character????????????

  10. Monty says

    Is this real a surprise? She was a political lightweight, she had zero credentials to run and would have lost in a landslide and now she can add QUITTER to her resume, good riddance!

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