November 18, 2013 11:45 am -

Elizabeth(L) and Mary Cheney, daughtersLiz Cheney, ultra-conservative daughter of George W. Bush’s old boss vice president, is running to be Wyoming’s GOP Senate nominee next year. And she’s been speaking volumes about the issue that has every American worried: unemployment the federal debt the economy gay marriage. She’s against it – despite the fact that her lesbian sister is happily married. Americablog’s John Aravosis calls it “open civil war” within a superstar right-wing clan:

Mary [Cheney], who is openly gay, married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, in 2012. The couple has two children.

Liz, who is is running a primary challenge against Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi, is positioning herself as an arch-conservative (which she is). …

Liz, who hasn’t been doing terribly well in the polls, apparently went a step too far when she started becoming more vocal about her staunch opposition to gay marriage.

Here’s what Liz said on Fox News yesterday (Sunday) morning, reiterating her opposition to gay marriage – it’s in two short clips. Here’s a quick quote from it:

“I love Mary very much, I love her family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree.”

… Mary took Liz on over her opposition to gay marriage before. And while Mary’s earlier words were wrapped in the required “I love my sister,” I had a sense at the time that this was turning into something bigger. And it definitely, finally, has.

heather-poeMary’s wife Heather was livid at the latest broadside from Liz Cheney, and took to Facebook to challenge Liz rather in rather angry, and personal, terms.

Michelangelo Signorile, who had noted that the lead-up looked a little orchestrated, now has this assessment:

[I]t seems to have become just a bit too raw to be orchestrated, with Mary’s wife Heather Poe getting involved too. … [I]it’s hard to see how it helps Liz for Poe to describe her as a blatant hypocrite and a liar.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.