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Liz Cheney's Senate Campaign Hit by 'Dirty Tricks' Poll

Friday, 30 Aug 2013 10:10 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Republican Liz Cheney declared Friday she's against gay marriage, and she accused the National Republican Senatorial Committee of engaging in "dirty tricks" by sponsoring a push-poll against her.

"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," Cheney said in a statement from her U.S. Senate campaign, The Daily Caller first reported.

"I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."

The declaration came after Cheney said her campaign had received reports that Wyoming voters are getting polled with the question: "Are you aware that Liz Cheney supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage?"

"The people of Wyoming deserve an honest campaign," Cheney said. "They should not be subject to the kind of dirty tricks this push-poll represents."

The statement included a sentence tying the National Republican Senatorial Committee to the push-poll, Roll Call reported.

No evidence has been provided by Cheney tying the NRSC or Enzi to the poll.

A push-poll is typically a phony survey where the intent is not data collection, but the dissemination of false information about a candidate.

Cheney's announcement puts her at odds with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and sister Mary, who is openly gay. Both are supportive of same-sex marriage.

The Daily Caller reported Mary Cheney married her long-time partner Heather Poe in Washington, D.C., in June 2012.

An NRSC spokesman told Roll Call they were "baffled by the statement and are not polling in Wyoming."

And a spokesman for Cheney's rival in the Republican primary, Sen. Mike Enzi, vigorously disputed Cheney's allegation.

"Neither Mike Enzi's campaign, nor anyone affiliated with his campaign, has conducted any polls in Wyoming," said Enzi spokesman Coy Knobel. "He would never support a push-poll, or tolerate anyone working for him who conducted one."

A Cheney campaign spokeswoman, Kara Ahern, lashed back at Knobel's response, calling it "evasive." Ahern told The Daily Caller that Enzi "should instruct any entity, including the NRSC, doing polling on his behalf to stop this type of dirty tricks."

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