Dick Cheney 'Consumed' With Daughter's Senate Bid

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 07:40 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is "consumed" with helping daughter Liz win a seat in the Senate, despite her trailing incumbent Mike Enzi, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Cheney is taking an active roll in his daughter's campaign to unseat Enzi in the Wyoming Republican primary, the paper says.

"Mr. Cheney, his once-faltering health revived by a new heart, is consumed with helping her win," The Times says.

The Cheney family is tapping into its considerable Washington connections to raise money. It must do so while deflecting charges that Liz Cheney is carpetbagging — more connected to the Washington Beltway than the plains and mountains of Wyoming, the Times reports.

Liz Cheney — the older of the Cheneys' two daughters at 47 — has been emphasizing her relationship with her father in campaign appearances and commercials. Dick Cheney held Wyoming's only seat in the House of Representatives from 1978-1989.

He has sided with Liz in her public quarrel with her sister Mary — a married lesbian — over gay marriage.

In the past, Dick Cheney criticized Enzi for taking too much money from his Washington connections.

"Mike has a record, if you go back and review his finances, of getting about 84 percent of his campaign funds from Washington-based PACs," the former vice president told ABC's "This Week" in October. "That's more than any senator of either party. He doesn't get much money from Wyoming."

Dick Cheney will be the guest of honor at a $10,000-per-couple Washington fundraiser for his daughter on Thursday. The event is hosted by the newly created Cowboy PAC.

As a super PAC run by Cheney family confidante Barry Bennett, Cowboy PAC will be able to raise unlimited funds to boost awareness of Liz Cheney's candidacy and improve her overall approval ratings among GOP primary voters.

Law forbids Cowboy PAC from funneling money directly to the candidate or her campaign.

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