By Jim Stanford on July 8, 2013
The New York Times ran a front-page story yesterday about the political aspirations of Liz Cheney, daughter of the disgraced former vice president.
Much as her father did when he switched his voter registration from Texas to Wyoming so he could become George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000, Cheney, a Virginia resident, “moved” to Wyoming last year by buying a $2 million house in Stilson Ranch near Wilson.
The purchase immediately raised the question whether she sought to run for Congress, and speculation intensified earlier this year when she began showing up at political events around the state.
Apparently, according to the Times, she has set her sights on the Senate seat held by Mike Enzi, and Enzi is not too happy about it.
The prospect of her running is likely to cause a schism in the Wyoming GOP, according to former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson and others interviewed.
But here’s how Wyoming residents would greet a Liz Cheney candidacy: “Who?” As Kerry Drake of WyoFile, one of the first to note her new political activities, wrote in March, “The problem is that Wyoming has never really been her home, and you can’t return to some place you were never from.”
Mercifully, the Times did not again characterize the house owned by Dick and Lynne Cheney, which sits on the 18th green at the gated Teton Pines Country Club, as a “ranch.”
The national fascination with Liz Cheney and Wyoming is puzzling. Perhaps the media is eager to see another Cheney spectacularly fail (at something other than invading and occupying a country).
At least Dick Cheney had Wyoming roots to run on, while his daughter has little more than his name and a trophy log home. Her ambition far outweighs her resume as a lawyer, founder of a wacko group and talking head for Faux News.