Cheney ad touts Wyoming ties, family

Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney released a new ad Monday that features her daughters and emphasizes the candidate's Wyoming roots.

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The ad comes as the rest of her family is in the spotlight for their very public feud over Cheney's opposition to gay marriage, and as the candidate continues to be dogged by questions about her authenticity and ties to the state.

Cheney's faced carpetbagging attacks from supporters of Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who charge her absence from the state for most of her life — she moved from suburban Washington, D.C., back to Wyoming in 2012 — disqualifies her.

In the ad, Cheney's three daughters outline the family's history in the state, dating back to 1852, when the first Cheneys settled in Wyoming.

"We're proud of our family's deep roots in Wyoming," one daughter says.

The campaign is also launching a blog that will feature posts written by Cheney's daughters as they campaign with their mother across the state.

The two moves are a clear one-two punch meant to tackle carpetbagging claims and shift attention away from the brewing public feud between Liz Cheney and her sister, Mary.

Mary and her wife, Heather Poe, have publicly slammed Liz for her opposition to gay marriage. Earlier this month, they took to Facebook to highlight Liz's apparent shift on the issue, noting she had been a guest in their home and wished them well on their wedding day.

The issue threatens to exacerbate the perception that Cheney is inauthentic and a political opportunist.

 

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