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Mary Cheney 'Not Supporting Liz's Candidacy' For Wyoming Senate Seat

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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."


Dick and Lynne Cheney are 'Pained' That the Family Feud Over Gay Marriage Has Become Public

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Dick and Lynne Cheney have released a statement in response to the family feud that broke out publicly yesterday after Wyomin Senate candidate's appearance on FOX News Sunday.

"This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public. Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister's family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is a disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz's many kindnesses shouldn't be used to distort her position."

To recap, Liz says she favors "traditional marriage" and her lesbian sister Mary and Mary's wife Heather Poe aren't having it anymore.


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Dick Cheney Blasts White House Over Benghazi: VIDEO

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Dick Cheney, who led America into a false war against Iraq costing billions of dollars and countless lives, appeared on Hannity last night to offer his $.02 on the alleged 'cover-up' in Benghazi.

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GOP Congressman: Dick Cheney Will Rot in Hell for Iraq War

Some tough words for Dick Cheney from Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Salon reports:

Cheney“Congress will not hold anyone to blame. Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney,” Jones, a libertarian who is often critical of the war in Afghanistan, told a Young Americans for Liberty conference in Raleigh this weekend...

...Jones was once a Neo Conservative hawk, spearheading the effort to change the name of French fries in House cafeterias to “freedom fries” after France declined to support the Iraq war. But he’s since had a change of heart and is now one of the most outspoken critics of American interventionism, picking up the mantel left by [Ron] Paul.


Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, Colin Powell Voice Support for Marriage Equality in New Ad: VIDEO

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The Respect for Marriage Coalition (chaired by HRC and Freedom to Marry) is set to launch a $1 million media campaign in support of marriage equality, Politico reports.

It features a TV spot narrated with key quotes from President Obama as well as news clips of Republicans Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, and Colin Powell voicing their support for marriage equality. It will air on cable and Sunday morning political shows and be accompanied with a print campaign in national newspapers,

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