Liz Cheney: Poised to Run For Political Office?
Is there another high profile Cheney in America’s elected political life’s future? It sounds that way:
Liz Cheney has been making the rounds at Wyoming political events this spring and her desire to move back to the state has Republicans from Cheyenne to Washington buzzing about a potential future campaign.
With little fanfare, Cheney, a former State Department official and the eldest daughter of the former vice president, has spoken at six events in different corners of the sprawling state this year. She has been especially busy on the GOP dinner circuit. Cheney has already hit four county Lincoln Day Dinners and keynoted the dinner following the Wyoming GOP convention last month. She also accompanied and appeared on stage with her father when he made his first public appearance following his heart transplant at the state convention.
Cheney is currently a McLean, Va., resident and there has long been speculation among Republicans that she would eventually run for office there. But Cheney, a mother of five, is seeing her oldest child off to college this year and, along with her husband Philip, has long considered returning to the state that her father represented in the House. They hope to buy a house in Jackson Hole, where her parents also have a residence, but the move is not a sure thing.
Still, Cheney’s schedule and some of her rhetoric suggests someone who is eyeing an eventual campaign.
“Let me tell you why Wyoming’s style of politics is so important,” Cheney said last month at the Park County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Cody Enterprise. “There is a personal touch here that gets amazing people into office.”
It wouldn’t be surprising if she ran. She has proven to be a strong voice for her political viewpoint, her father’s staunchest and most assertive defender, and highly popular among TV types who enjoy having on panels because of her pointed political rhetoric. Like her father she promises to be a highly polarizing figure if she is elected. Which is what the GOP seems to like these days.