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February 9, 2016

Liz Cheney Accuses NRSC of Push Poll Against Her | #WYSEN (Updated)

Updated 4:21 p.m. | Republican Liz Cheney announced on Friday that she is against gay marriage and accused the National Republican Senatorial Committee of sponsoring a “push poll” against her.

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” Cheney said in a campaign news release.

She added that it is an issue that ought to be decided at the state level.

“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,” she added.

She voiced these opinions in the context of what her campaign alleged was a push poll which suggested that Cheney “supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage.”

The statement included a sentence that tied the NRSC to the push poll. A push poll is typically a phony survey where the intent is not data collection but rather the dissemination of false information about a candidate.

“I call on Senator Enzi to denounce this poll and to tell the National Republican Senatorial Committee, or anyone else promoting untruths on his behalf, to stop,” Cheney added. Her spokeswoman, Celeste Colgan, tied Sen. Michael B. Enzi to the poll in the statement.

An NRSC spokesman told CQ Roll Call that they were “baffled by the statement and are not polling in Wyoming.” And an Enzi spokesman 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. For Liz Cheney to assert otherwise, without any proof whatsoever, shows more about her campaign than Mike Enzi’s.”

Knobel continued, “Mike Enzi prefers to focus on traveling around the state and talking to people one-on-one. That tells him what he needs to know about what Wyoming people are thinking.”

The Cheney campaign did not provide evidence that either the NRSC or Enzi was associated with the alleged push poll. And it is unlikely that a campaign committee, such as the NRSC, would spend money on a primary that will have almost certainly have no bearing on the outcome of which party holds the seat in the general election.

Aside from the politics, the anti-gay-marriage stance is notable because it puts Cheney at odds with her sister, Mary Cheney, who is openly gay and married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, last year.

Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, has said that while he backs gay marriage, he considers it a state issue.

Cheney has mounted a primary challenge to Enzi, who’s in his third term, for a safe Republican seat.

The Daily Caller reported the news of Cheney’s gay marriage stance earlier in the day.

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report. 

  • tpartynitwit

    Daddy, Daddy, Daddy! Me again, LIZ! Guess what thoroughly EVIL thing I’ve done to call attention to me, me, me, me ME! I threw Mary under the bus! Isn’t that awesome? I said, and i quote, “I DO NOT SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE!” Aren’t you proud?

  • View From The Left

    Liz Cheney is so vile, so contemptible that conservatives know that if they nominate her that she stands a good chance of losing the Seat. I think she knows that she can’t win and she is using this as a springboard to a gig on Fox or local hate-radio.

  • terjeanderson

    Yet again Liz proves that she is completely not ready for prime time as a candidate. She thought Daddy’s name would make sure the people of Wyoming would greet her as a liberator… instead they’re laughing at her inept carpetbagging campaign.

  • crbob

    Liz appears to be the only sane person in this debate, all sodomites listen up!!…

  • jellylee20202

    Let’s not forget Liz is a sodomite too. And if you’ve even ever looked at someone’s behind, you are a sodomite as well.

  • Tbone

    What a terrible person. Not surprised. Denying rights to your own family members?

  • d_nise

    “well SOMEbody said something mean about me! it’s not FAIR! I just want to winnnnnnaaaaaaa a aaaaaahhh!” (someone either change her diaper or call the waahmbulance–STAT!)

  • Guest

    Liz and Dick: The Irony

  • dectra

    And the Carpetbagging wench cries to daddy “They’re soooo mean to me, daddy…”

  • John Allegro

    Since our minds develop along with the civilization in which we grow up, we are naturally unfamiliar with the unseen history of the customs and traditions we practice.

  • monacall

    yep very….now shut up about what kind of sex you like….its no ones business….

  • monacall

    she queer…..leave it alone. if she and every other queer want to tell you what kind of sex they so be it….

  • tpartynitwit

    On your knees.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Hussein Obama is a menace to mankind.

  • Jazzboy1

    Igor Shafarevich is a menace to himself! Please help his family escape.

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