Romney to Cheney's homestead for Wyoming fund-raiser
July 12th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
10 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. kayla

    the devil incarnate

    July 12, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. cali girl

    I can only GUESS what those two will talk about........

    July 12, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. cyle

    HOW SCARY IS THAT?! Wake up America! The Cheney nightmare would begin all over again under M.R.

    July 12, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. clephas

    Mmm... to me this proves again that Romney really is out of touch. Cheney is poisoned meat, even to a lot of Republicans.

    July 12, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. kate

    Cheney is Evil and Mitt is a puppet for the puppet MASTERS!

    July 12, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. 333maxwell

    Lucifer hosting George Bush's 'mini Me'

    I can think of nothing more adorable..

    July 12, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Any reasonably intelligent person would run from Dick Cheney like one would run from the plague. I guess Romney is not too smart.

    July 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. carly

    Bush/Cheney/Romney who can tell the difference. Alll losers. All bad for Americans then and now.

    July 12, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Romney can take his car elevator down to purgatory for the fundraiser.

    July 12, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. ShotInTheFace?

    I don't find people that shoot their friends "wise" folks.. unless you mean "wise guys"...

    July 12, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. edog

    Great! The same Vice President Cheney that said, "DEFICITS DON"T MATTER" when his administration wanted to fight 2 unfunded wars and pass an unfunded 4 trillion dollar tax cut... Now what are the GOP yelling about, "DEFICIT DEFICIT DEFICIT!" Why does the GOP only care about Deficit spending when there is a Democratic President???

    July 12, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. syed

    syed (anjan)‏@syed32701

    ‪#Cheney‬ should be in prison for war crime not hosting a fundraiser for another criminal!‪#Romney‬ mr.flip flop.@syed32701 @CNN @wolfblitzer

    July 12, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    One chickenhawk said to another chickenhawk....

    No worries Willard, the Bain pain will still be waiting for questions to be answered when you get back. Don't go hunting with Dick!

    July 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Patriot Awesome

    Just when I thought I ran out of reasons not to vote for Romney he comes up with this.

    July 12, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Boo

    Every time I see this guy I think of something scurrying into a sewer.....

    July 12, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Anonymous

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

    No, no, no! Romney fired people, he never fired them up!

    July 12, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE


    Romney – Cheney is the axis of evil on steroids!

    July 12, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Steve

    If there was doubt in any voters mind about Romney, the idea of him and Cheney seeing eye to eye should do it. Here's two men who have no idea what the truth is.

    July 12, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    What Dick Cheney wants from Romney ?

    July 12, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Jewels

    This is all that has to be said. Seriously, the people that Romney "mingles" with is telling enough. I'm sure Cheney wants to give him guidance....Honestly, Cheney is one of the worst characters he could be associated with - and the Trump.

    July 12, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. frag

    Talk about paling around with terrorists!

    July 12, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. TAK

    The types of people with whom Romney is gladly associating himself, Trump, Cheney, Koch, etc., are making it more difficult for me to see him in a "he deserves my vote" light.

    July 12, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE

    Same story line.......Rmoney will do anything for money and power.

    July 12, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    Wyoming can have both of them.

    July 12, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. gg

    when ever i see cheney i think-blood money

    July 12, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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