Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter cited “serious health issues” in her family in announcing her plans to exit the campaign for a Wyoming seat in the U.S. Senate, according to the New York Times.
“My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority,” Republican Liz Cheney said in a statement obtained by the newspaper today. She said the health issues “have recently arisen in our family.”
Cheney faced an uphill battle challenging Senator Mike Enzi in the Republican primary and was criticized for not living in the state for long. Her comments opposing same-sex marriage set off a feud in the Cheney family with her sister, Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian and married her partner last year.
In the statement, Cheney thanked her supporters.
“As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation,” Cheney said. “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.”
In October, Dick Cheney criticized Enzi.
“He doesn’t get much money from Wyoming,” Cheney said Oct. 27 on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “In the quarter just reported, Liz got 25 percent of her funds from Wyoming; he got 13 percent of his from Wyoming.”
Cheney, 47, had called Enzi, 69, part of an aging Republican establishment. Enzi held a 92 percent rating from the American Conservative Union, a Washington-based group that opposes President Barack Obama’s agenda.
The primary challenge split the Republican party, with incumbents such as Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, volunteering to campaign for Enzi in July.
“I have grown to admire and respect Mike Enzi -- I’ll tell you, he’s one of these solid guys,” McCain said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” in July. “I know nothing that Mike Enzi would do that didn’t deserve re-election.”
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