Liz Cheney

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Liz Cheney
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U.S. Senate, Wyoming
Former Candidate
Bachelor'sColorado College
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
Campaign website
Liz Cheney was a 2014 Republican Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate representing Wyoming.[1] She dropped out of the race on January 6, 2014, citing family health issues.[2]


Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. She graduated from Colorado College and the University of Chicago Law School. She is a Fox News contributor and the chair of Keep America Safe.[3]


On The Issues Vote Match

Liz Cheney's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Cheney is a Moderate Conservative. Cheney received a score of 37 percent on social issues and 74 percent on economic issues.[4] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Same-sex marriage

Mary Cheney, the younger sister of Liz Cheney, sharply criticized her sister’s stance on same-sex marriage and urged her own Facebook friends to share the message.[5][6][7]

Posting on Facebook on August 30, 2013, Mary Cheney, who is gay and married her longtime partner in 2012, wrote: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”[5]

Their father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, supports same-sex marriage, and the younger Cheney echoed some of his language on the issue when she added, “Freedom means freedom for everyone.”[5] “That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other,” Mary Cheney wrote.[5]

Earlier on August 30, 2013, Liz Cheney revealed her position on same-sex marriage, a topic she has kept relatively quiet about since declaring her candidacy in July 2013 against incumbent Mike Enzi. “I am not pro-gay marriage,” Liz Cheney said in a statement responding to poll against her in Wyoming. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”[5]

That position — deferring to the will of the voters on a state-by-state basis — may represent something of a compromise between total support or opposition, but did little to placate her sister.[5]

“It’s not something to be decided by a show of hands,” Mary Cheney wrote. Mary Cheney concluded her Facebook post: “Please like and share if you agree.” In an e-mail, Mary Cheney declined to comment further on her sister’s position, saying she would let her Facebook post speak for itself.[5]

November 2013

Cheney again took heat from her sister and her sister's wife over Cheney's same-sex marriage stance. Heather Poe, her sister's wife, noted "Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children. To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least." She added, "I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other. I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE." Liz Cheney has said publically, "I love Mary very much. I love her family very much."[8]

Mary responded to a post on her Facebook, suggesting she be "lovingly tolerant" of Liz's views on her marriage. Mary said, "This isn't like a disagreement over grazing fees or what to do about Iran. There isn't a lot of gray here. Either You think all families should be treated equally or you don't. Liz's position is to treat my family as second class citizens. That's not a position I can be 'lovingly tolerant' towards."[9]

Dick Cheney, Liz and Mary's father, chimed in on the issue in the wake of the November controversy. Cheney and his wife issued a statement on November 18: "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." They added [Cheney] "...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 disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position."[10]

Former Senator Alan Simpson spoke out about the Cheney feud. He said, "You’re not even destroying friendships -- you’re destroying family relationships just because of this race. It’s hard for all of us who know the Cheneys to see the things she’s doing to win this race. It’s almost like she’ll do anything to win this race, because I cannot ever believe that there would be a breach between she and Mary."[11] He also explained that it is a touchy subject in Wyoming saying, "It’s bruising people. When you get a call from Dick or Lynne, and you love them, you don’t want to say no. It’s got Wyoming in a turmoil."[12]

Although Cheney's stance on gay marriage has generated a lot of media attention, not everyone thinks the issue will factor into the election. According to Enzi supporter John Schiffer, "I don’t think [same-sex marriage] will have as much resonance in Wyoming as her stance on how we approach our relationship with the federal government. If I could say one thing, Liz Cheney has approached that in a manner that people out here — it rings a bell with them."[13]

Liz Cheney blames opponent Mike Enzi for same-sex marriage becoming a campaign issue. She told POLITCO Magazine, "I think if Senator Enzi had any self-respect, he’d stand up and renounce it, he’d say this doesn’t have any place in Wyoming, he’d say that it’s despicable. This is certainly being done by friends of his, by supporters of his. … And I think the combination of the ad and the push poll is clearly an effort on their part to use that issue and to do it in a way that I think is beneath the dignity of the office of a United States Senator." The issue has torn her family apart. The sisters reportedly hadn't spoken from August 2013 up until the public exchange in November 2013. Mary emailed POLITICO Magazine and said, "I’m not supporting Liz’s candidacy. By supporting, I mean not working, not contributing, and not voting for (I’m registered in Virginia not Wyoming). I am not saying I hope she loses to Enzi."[14]

Dick Cheney addressed the issue again in December 2013. He said, "We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened. It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family, and frankly, that’s our preference." Cheney said he had no further comment on the matter.[15]

Wyoming Fishing License

Cheney came under fire in August 2013 for purchasing a resident fishing license in Wyoming, when she did not qualify.[16] Wyoming resident fishing licenses require the holder to reside in Wyoming for at least one year. Cheney did not meet that requirement. She posted a $220 bond and appeared in court on August 27, 2013, to address a charge of making a false statement to obtain a license. Cheney claimed she was not aware of the year requirement, but her application for the license says she had resided in Wyoming the last 10 years. Cheney denies telling the clerk the residency claim that appeared on the application.

Fishing is a popular sport in Wyoming and the charge reflects poorly on Cheney according to Wyoming Republican strategist, Liz Brimmer.[16] Brimmer said, “Allegedly poaching in a state where being a resident sportsman is, by law, an earned privilege. Wyoming people will take this very seriously.”[16]

Involvement in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

In September 2013, Cheney called President Obama's desired involvement in Syria "an amateurish approach to national security and foreign policy." She continued by confirming that she would not vote to authorize intervention in Syria.[17]

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Cheney was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Mike Enzi, remained undecided.[18]

Enzi blasted Cheney for her statements on Syria, telling POLITICO, "I never try to judge another person, particularly an opponent, but my dad always said, ‘If you want to see what somebody’s going to do, look and see what they’ve done before.' And this is kind of a turnaround from what she’s done before. I try to stay a bit more consistent than that."[19]

Cheney responded to Enzi's comments saying, " he lacks experience in national security and foreign policy so it isn’t surprising he would fail to make distinctions between a misguided attack on Syria and military operations that are necessary to defend the security of the nation."[19]

Dick Cheney's campaign involvement

October 2013: The former vice president went on ABC's "This Week" on October 27, 2013, to address issues surrounding daughter Liz's U.S. Senate campaign. Cheney told anchor George Stephanopoulos that Liz is "going to win." Cheney also insisted that Mike Enzi's tale about the two men being fishing buddies was not true.[20]


Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter criticized Cheney for running against Republican Mike Enzi. She said, "Why should we be having — and I love Liz Cheney— but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?"[21]

Bill Maher

Bill Maher blasted Cheney following her family's public battle over same-sex marriage in November 2013. Maher said "She came out against what her own sister does, she came out against gay marriage, thinking that this would win conservative votes. They always accuse liberals of being the ones who don’t care about the flyover states, they don’t know what real America is like. Actually, she’s the one who doesn’t know what real America is like because I’m sure there are a lot of Wyoming people who find gay marriage icky, but what they found even ickier was throwing your sister under the bus to win an election." He also called Cheney a "carpetbagger," a term used to describe someone who moves to a new place to pursue political opportunities.[22]

Affordable Care Act

Cheney blasted President Obama following the ACA website rollout. She said, "It’s a strong word in politics to say somebody lied, but that’s absolutely what this president has done time and again, is lie to the American people and frankly hope he wouldn’t get caught." She added, "I really believe this president, he’s the most radical man who’s inhabited the Oval Office. He believes, partly because he’s got most of the media on his side, that he can just sort of plow through this and go ahead and implement this massive train wreck." She continued to blast the "unbelievable arrogance" of the administration and Obama as "...a president who’s operating outside the bounds of the Constitution, who thinks he’s above the rule of law."[23]



See also: United States Senate elections in Wyoming, 2014

Cheney's July 2013 video, "A Strong Voice for Wyoming."

Cheney was running[24] for the U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming in 2014. She was going to challenge incumbent Republican Mike Enzi in the primary, which could have lead to a heated race. Jerry Moran, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, announced the official party body would support Enzi and several senators followed suit, including Wyoming Senator John Barrasso and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.[25]

Cheney dropped out of the race on January 6, 2014. She said, "Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign, and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority. As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation. 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."[26][1]


In August 2013, Cheney called on Mike Enzi, among other congressional members, to renounce the agreement allowing the government to subsidize part of the health care premiums for Congressional members and their staff. "The hypocrisy is stunning...But all too typical of how Congress works. Members cut special deals for themselves so they don’t feel the pain their laws inflict on the general public. That’s one of the reasons I’m running for the Senate — to end this self-serving, behind the scenes deal-making." Enzi's campaign spokesperson responded, "Senator Enzi has already opposed it and the other exemptions and delays for businesses, insurance companies etc. Senator Enzi will continue his efforts to defund and dismantle Obamacare. He’ll make decisions about his own health care without help from candidate Cheney."[27]

Churchill controversy

Mike Enzi blasted Cheney for comments she made in September 2013. According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Cheney "compared herself to Winston Churchill standing up to Adolf Hitler" in a speech to her supporters on September 3, 2013.[28] Enzi referred to these comments in a interview with POLITICO. He said, "I had a lot of people who got ahold of me, and said, was she relating you to Adolf Hitler? So I certainly hope not…that’s a pretty strong statement to make against anybody, and it also called up some credibility on the Winston Churchill part too … If I’m involved in it, it was a terrible analogy, and probably one that deserved an apology."[19]

Cheney offered clarification on her analogy following Enzi's comments. She explained, "The historical analogy was not a comparison of anyone to past figures. My point is that there are turning points in the lives of nations. The spring of 1940 was one such moment, Reagan’s election in 1980 was another. These are moments of decision that determine the future of freedom, and I believe now is one of them."[19]

Gay marriage

American Principles Fund, a SuperPAC, is targeting Cheney's stance on gay marriage with a $140,000 ad buy. According to Politico, the ad references a 2009 MSNBC interview, in which Cheney "said she opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and touted the State Department’s decision to 'extend benefits to same-sex partners.'" Earlier in 2013, Cheney released a statement saying, "I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."[29][30]


Although Liz Cheney has criticized Enzi for compromising in Washington, not everyone in Wyoming sees that as a problem. State Senator Charles Scott explained, "Ms. Cheney, when she started out, criticized [Enzi] for being willing to compromise with the Democrats.. A lot of people out here thought, ‘Jeez, the problem with Washington is they won’t compromise when they need to.’"[31]



A July 17-18, 2013 poll conducted by Harper Polling, found that Wyoming Republican voters favor Mike Enzi 55% to Cheney's 21%.[32] The poll found that both candidates have near universal name recognition in the state. It also indicates Cheney faces an uphill battle for the seat, as incumbent Mike Enzi has a 73% approval rating.[32] 38% of those polled said that they had heard of Cheney, but had no opinion of her.[32]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cheney's reports.[33]

Liz Cheney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[34]October 8, 2013$0.00$1,027,569.90$(232,507.18)$795,062.72
Running totals

Cowboy superPAC

The Cowboy superPAC was formed to help jumpstart Cheney's campaign. The superPAC will host a fundraiser in December 2013. The fundraiser will be a $10,000 per couple dinner in Washington, D.C. Her father, Dick Cheney, will be the keynote speaker at the event.[35]

Campaign ads


Cheney's first campaign ad highlights her Wyoming roots. The ad features her daughter riding a horse. Cheney said in the ad, "We just can’t keep her off a horse, and it’s little wonder why: she and her four siblings are fifth-generation Wyomingites. My great-grandfather moved to the Salt Creek oilfields where he and my great-grandmother raised five kids in a tent with wooden sides."[36]

Ad buy

November 25-December 1, 2013

Following a week of controversy over Cheney's same-sex marriage stance and the public fight between the Cheney family resulting from her stance, Cheney has purchased nearly $40,000 in air time. According to the records, she will spend $31,540 in 30-second spots on broadcast ads and $7,092 on 60-second spots to air on the cable channel, Fox News. This would make her total ad buys for the month of November close to $100,000.[37] The ad features Cheney's daughters talking about their family's history in Wyoming.[38]


Cheney is married with five children.[3]

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