Romney to Cheney's homestead for Wyoming fund-raiser
July 12th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to Cheney's homestead for Wyoming fund-raiser

Jackson, Wyoming (CNN) – With the majestic Teton Mountains as a backdrop, Mitt Romney will attend a big bucks fundraiser Thursday at former Vice President Dick Cheney's Wyoming home and country club.

At $30,000 per individual or couple, the biggest givers will sit down for a private dinner inside the residence of Cheney and his wife Lynne, according to state party officials.

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Prior to the dinner will be a reception at Teton Pines Country Club, near the Jackson Hole home where the Cheney's spend their summers. The club boasts an Arnold Palmer signature golf course, tennis, cross country skiing, and fly fishing - a favorite pastime of the vice president.

Bill Scarlett, a Wyoming Republican Party committeeman from Teton County, whose family has been longtime friends of the Cheney family, confirmed the details of the fund-raiser to CNN.

A private host committee reception will begin at 5 p.m. MT for couples who contribute or help raise $50,000. They will become a Romney Victory Founding Member and will get preferred status at the Republican National Convention.

Those who contribute or raise $10,000 will get their photo taken with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The general reception at 6 p.m. MT, where Romney is expected to speak, is available for a donation of $1,000 per person.

Scarlett has been involved in Republican fund-raising in the area, along with his father Dick, who served as state finance chairman for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. He said the enthusiasm for Romney and the GOP is unlike anything he's experienced in recent presidential cycles.

"People are fired up. I've never seen this much excitement before," Scarlett said.

Citing Teton County's high unemployment rate, which is slighter higher than the nation's 8.2% national average, Scarlett said he senses people know that major change needs to happen. "People are tired of it. We need to get people back to work."

It's likely that the former vice president's daughter Liz Cheney will attend the evening events with Romney, according to Republican sources. She recently purchased a home in nearby Wilson and is active in the state party.

Her sister, Mary, who married her longtime partner Heather Poe last month, may also attend.

State party chairwoman Tammy Hooper was driving six hours to attend the Jackson Hole fundraisers. "I anticipate that it will be a monumental type of event."

The Romney campaign and state officials are tight-lipped on how much the fund-raisers are expected to bring in for the presidential candidate and party's Victory Fund.

Cheney has largely kept a low profile since he received a heart transplant more than three months ago, but he has offered Romney public advice about the qualities he should look for in selecting a vice president.

Last year Romney praised Cheney, who vetted candidates for George W. Bush when he himself was selected to be the running mate.

"Whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," Romney said at an Arizona town hall in September. "That's the kind of person I'd like to have - a person of wisdom and judgment."


Filed under: 2012 • Dick Cheney • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • Wyoming
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. SomeNameHere

    So the fact that Cheney should be in prison for a number of crimes is just dandy with romney? why don't they just roll out george w to do fundraising. It'd be just as bad.

    July 12, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Where is former President Bush, carl rove, Ms Rice and the rest of the gang???????????

    July 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. CBR

    To think that Mr.Romney is using the foreign policy people beginning with VP Cheney is a little scarey. We are involved in some conflicts that should have been over years ago. The policies decided upon then have made it much more difficult for the United States.

    Sen. McCain would like us to be involved in Syria and Mr. Romney has spoken about using our troops. They need to get the point that we cannot continue to deploy troops time after time to fight these battles. Our troops have been taken away from their families too many times. Many of them have suffered more than we will ever know and we are not able to give them the help we need. How many more men and women have to return again and again and how many will come home to no jobs, no medical help for their problems, no homes, and not help for their famiklies. Perhaps the 1% will be willing to spend their funds to help the troops.

    July 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Hey Willard, did you snap up shares of Halliburton when Dick told you what was going to happen with Iraq?

    July 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Myviewis – No, it's just that your right-wing buddies can't defend the indefensible, so they creep back under their rocks or dumpsters and wait for this thread to clear the Ticker.

    July 12, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Kweso

    Cheney' got a new heart. Wonder what happened to his old heart?

    July 12, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. kayla

    birds of a feather

    July 12, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. The Elephant In The Room

    I can not imagine any self respecting Republican wants ANYTHING to do with Dick Cheney.

    From now on, I will not be lazy and blog completely and write " Republican Politicians" to distingiush from serious minded thinking "republican voters" .

    I`ve got to believe those people are as embarrassed by Cheney as the rest of us are.

    July 12, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Natalie

    Hey Dick, take him shooting!

    July 12, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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