Midterm elections are still over a year away, but campaigns have already begun in earnest. The Republicans still control the House — which of course they hope to maintain — and are seeking to regain control of the Senate. Yet, as the GOP struggles to redefine its identity, a number of Republican incumbents have to worry about primary challengers and securing their base in advance of the general election.
In Wyoming, Senator Mike Enzi is one of those Republicans, and his challenger is none other than Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney. Normally, Vice-President Cheney’s younger daughter, Mary, is the one making headlines and this case is no exception. Liz Cheney came out against gay marriage in a statement issued by her campaign, where it seemed the candidate was doubling-down on both her pro-life and anti-gay marriage stances. No one outside of the campaigns really cared, until the candidate’s sister — who was married to her partner Helen Poe in June of 2012 — took to Facebook.
“For the record,” Mary Cheney writes, according to The New York Times, “I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.” Officially, Candidate Cheney’s position is that the issue of marriage should be left up to the states, meaning the state could either legalize or outlaw same-sex marriage. Still this marks a departure from the position of her father, who came out in support of gay marriage on ABC’s The View in 2011. Mary Cheney quoted her father in her Facebook post saying “Freedom means freedom for everyone.”
Despite causing some awkward tension around the Cheney holiday table, Liz Cheney’s statement isn’t that noteworthy. It’s most likely her statement is political posturing, to help the candidate win the primary election in a state that hasn’t gone for a Democrat since 1964.