Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

The last presidential elections in the United States showed that Republicans have no chance of winning without the support of young people, women, and ethnic minorities. This simple observation has encouraged a new generation in this political party to take matters into their own hands. Two days ago, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney, declared that she will be entering the race to become the Senator of Wyoming during the 2014 elections.

Her father is still an important figure in the Republican Party and she, herself, is a lawyer who’s held senior positions for many years in the Washington administration, particularly in the State Department. Ms. Cheney is 47 years old, married, and the mother of five children.

The fact that the party’s structure supports the current and long-term Senator of Wyoming, Mike Enzi, adds some flavour to this situation. It looks like it will be a spiced up battle of the two worlds. If Liz’s father, Dick, engages himself heavily in his daughter’s campaign, she will receive large financial support from her father’s wealthy donors and from President Bush, as well as businessmen, because Mr. Cheney maintains a very close relationship with them.

Immediately after the announcement of her candidacy, we started to hear that Liz Cheney is very weakly tied to the state of Wyoming – she’s only lived there for a year. The energetic candidate responded immediately that this is true, she moved there in the autumn of 2012, but her family has been in the area since 1852, and her father was the Congressman from this state in the years 1979-1989.

It will be difficult for Enzi to get a fourth nomination. Especially since his opponent has ignored him from the very beginning. She is only focusing on the policies of President Obama who is unpopular in Wyoming. You can see that she is aiming high.

PS What is interesting is that Elizabeth Cheney was, for some time, connected with Poland. Several years ago she worked in the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw as an officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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