Is Another Cheney Headed to Washington?
Liz Cheney sails to victory in Wyoming GOP primary, in race for House seat once held by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney
Following surely in the footprints of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney won a solid victory in the Wyoming Republican primary on Tuesday and will now be in contention for the U.S. House seat that he once held.
"I look forward very much to moving forward in the general election, unified and focused on making sure we send the strongest conservative voice to Washington," declared Cheney, a fierce neoconservative and war hawk, after defeating her 8 primary opponents.
According to the Casper Star Tribune, with 82 percent of precincts counted, Cheney took 40 percent of the vote.
She now faces Democrat Ryan Greene in the general election. According to the Tribune, "She will campaign on a platform of repealing regulation deemed harmful to Wyoming, such as the Clean Power Plan, and in support of a strong national defense." Her website also lists Wyoming coal as a major priority and the candidate strongly opposes women's right to an abortion.
"It’s hugely important," Cheney said Tuesday, "that our next representative be able to hit the ground running to roll back the devastating policies of the Obama years."
The rising Republican star and Fox News contributor is expected to be a boon for the conservative establishment.
She reportedly drew flak during the primary campaign for her flimsy ties to Wyoming and for holding numerous out of state fundraisers "with well-heeled GOP donors." According to the Tribune, she's already raised $1.5 million—nearly seven times more than the second-highest fundraiser, Wyoming Rep. Tim Stubson.
She has also "received strong financial support from former high-ranking government officials, such as former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former White House political adviser Karl Rove," the Huffington Post reports.
In addition to working for the State Department while her father served under George W. Bush, Cheney has also co-authored two books with Dick Cheney, his memoir and the 2015 "Exception: Why the World Needs a Powerful America."
Last week, Cheney called on fellow Republicans to "unify" around presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying: "There is just a level of slime and sleaze associated with the Clinton family, and we know in Wyoming we've gotta do everything possible to make sure they never get anywhere near the Oval Office."
Those who remember the Bush years and the impact of her father, widely considered the most influential vice president in history, may have something similar to say.