Politics

Liz Cheney Abandons Senate Race Over Family Health Problems

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Republican Liz Cheney is abandoning a bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, citing family health issues.

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

Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, previously represented the state of Wyoming for five terms.

“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,” she added.

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Her campaign created a great deal of tension in her own family. Her opposition to same-sex marriage offended her sister Mary Cheney, who is gay and married.

“Listen I love Mary very much,” Liz Cheney said in November, “and I love our family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree.”

“Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree — you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney responded via Facebook.

Their father said he was surprised at the feud, but announced in December that the issue had been “dealt with.”

Cheney’s campaign had been criticized by her opponents, who called her a carpetbagger for only moved to Wyoming in 2012.

She struggled to gain footing when she first announced the run last summer. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee almost immediately announced support for Enzi.

She ran on a platform that Republicans have to stop “cutting deals” with Democrats.

“We’ve got to stand and fight, and we have to defend what we believe in. We have to not be afraid of being called obstructionists,” she said.

Much like her father, she believes in American military might overseas, a sentiment that is unpopular in the libertarian-leaning West. Two partisan polls showed Enzi had a wide lead over Cheney last year, CNN reported.

Sources: TheBlaze, CNN