Wyoming Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney released an ad Monday detailing her family’s roots in the state, after she was criticized for moving to the state simply to run for the empty seat.
The ad, titled “Daughters”, features Cheney and her three daughters discussing their family history. It mentions that the Cheney ancestors first moved to Wyoming in 1852 and that former Vice President Dick Cheney served as a representative for the state.
“We’re proud of our family’s deep roots in Wyoming,” one daughter said.
Some speculate that the ad was also an attempt to remove attention from her increasingly public and national feud with her sister, who is openly lesbian and married to her partner. The two are apparently no longer on speaking terms because Liz Cheney staunchly opposes marriage equality.
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Dick Cheney reported that he was pained by the fractured relationship between his daughters, and added that Liz Cheney has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage.
“This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years,” the former vice president said.
He added that Liz Cheney’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.