The U.S. Senate primary bid that Liz Cheney launched to replace current Republican Senator Mike Enzi ended Monday with less fanfare than her launch, reported CNN But after much warfare within the establishment republican ranks nationally and in her home state, the challenger and daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney got out of the kitchen heat by folding her campaign tent.
The bid to unseat the current senator had always been considered somewhat a long shot by many party insiders, but that did not dissuade the former State Department official from taking on Enzi who won the seat in 1996.
For many establishment Republicans in Washington, Cheney’s decision to unseat the current Wyoming U.S. Senator came as much of a surprise to them as it was to Enzi, because he had considered the Cheney family political friends and allies. The Wyoming race soon dissolved into a pitched battle between Washington senate insiders who rallied to Sen. Enzi’s defense and those forces who felt Cheney represented new conservative life-blood for the institution.
Many pundits and election watchers outside of Wyoming openly wondered if the familial all too public dispute between Liz and her sister Mary Cheney who is a lesbian, over same-sex marriage would impact her race. This past November the dispute took center stage on Facebook which created more apparent tension between both sisters.
Of course all of this is now muted when the campaign came to an abrupt end with a statement the former candidate released Monday to the press. She stated, “Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign,” according to CNN.
Enzi, who is a popular senator in Wyoming, will not have to endure a fierce primary assault from within the party. But Liz Cheney is not bowing out of public life or being involved in the conservative issues which drove her to announce her senate bid. She stressed, “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,” reported Fox News.
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