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. Curt

    No doubt in my mind that Cheny outed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, was instrumental in starting a war in Iraq so his buddies at Haliburton could make hundreds of millions of dollars and is probably the most sleazy
    politician ever. Shows you what Mitt is like. Of course Mitt did not mind attending fundraising with Donald Trump. Romney will do whatever it takes to get elected. Sure hope the people see through him before its too late.

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

    Most of Mitts foreign policy advisors were Bush advisors... Cheney is very involved and this fundraiser proves it.... So it's true a Romney presidency will just be Bush on steroids... No thanks

    July 12, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Cheney needs to just hurry up and die. Yeah, I said it. You know you were thinking it too, so live with it.

    July 12, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Wake up people

    I wonder if the old chainsaw is going to be showing off his rifle? If he does Robmey better duck!

    No but seriously, why would anyone with one single brain cell even consider voting for Rob-bush?? I guess people like not having jobs and not being able to feed their families.....

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 12, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Ginette/Mexico

    But run for cover if the guns come out...

    July 12, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. MaryM

    lol, there you have it folks. Romney = Bush #3. Most of Mitts advisors are from Bush era. Americans DO NOT want another Bush in the WH

    July 12, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. andy

    Dear Mitt, If Dick asks if you want to go hunting, just say "no."

    July 12, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Luke,AZ

    Can't wait to see the picture of Robme and Cheney embracing. What has happened to the Republican party? Sad

    July 12, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    Okay, looks like CNN has decided to only post comments that favor Obama and Democrats. Oh well, anything to help Obama and distract voters.

    July 12, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. robertholt

    Mitt Romney might not be helping himself by praising Dick Cheney.

    July 12, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Luke,AZ

    "Cheney needs to just hurry up and die. Yeah, I said it. You know you were thinking it too, so live with it."

    You don't want Cheney to die for awhile, we need to see what the devil looks like and how he operates.

    July 12, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    I thought he liked hunting,????

    July 12, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. FLIndependent

    Look out America – with his new heart Cheney may be bucking for VP again. Even if not the case, you can bet he's going to be instrumental in a Romney administration even if "behind the scenes". Does any sane American want a repeat of the Cheney years?? If you're considering voting for Romney please look at the whole picture and realize the same Bush regime will be in charge. We need to keep moving FORWARD with President Obama!!

    July 12, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. DIANA

    He just makes it easier and easier for our President to get a second term. Showing these two together is will scare anybody.

    July 12, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. PJ/TX

    The most secretive VP America has ever had, hosting the most secretive candidate. What bunker will they be
    dining in?

    July 12, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. v_mag

    Cheney has to be one of the most hated men in America. He is reponsible not only for outing a CIA agent and the resulting damage, but also manufacturing reasons for going to war in Iraq and thus causing thousands of Americans and Iraqis to die. He is truly the face of evil. And Rob-money goes to visit him and raise money with the type of people who would call this war criminal a friend.

    Romney = Bush = disaster

    July 12, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. rs

    Unless I was running for, say, the President of Hell, I'd stay far, far away from Dick Cheney. His approval rating is so low that it would be like having the president of Syria stump for you.

    July 12, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Core republican Values

    Good photo op – Dick "Darth Sidious" Cheny with Mittens.

    July 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    Romney the clown(bush3)

    July 12, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    Prime footage for our great President Obama.

    July 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Malory Archer


    Okay, looks like CNN has decided to only post comments that favor Obama and Democrats. Oh well, anything to help Obama and distract voters.


    Or maybe CNN is just sick of you twisting every article on the ticker into something about President Obama. To borrow a line from an old Jimmy Buffett, "Like an old broken clock on the wall you've got nothing to say".

    July 12, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Max

    Personal attention

    This is just Cheney's way of seeking personal attention. It has nothing to do with Romney at all. I wonder what will he say to Mary CHENEY and her wife/husband Heather, who are two fully-fledged LESBIANS in a legally married relationship? Will he bow on his knees and request their votes?

    July 12, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Ozzie

    Hey, MittWitt, ask Richie boy, one of the most evil people on the planet, (you're catching up Rove), how he stole an election and started a war.

    July 12, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. jk in MN

    Now, isn't that nice and cozy! It reall shouldn't shock any one – Mitt seems to like the Bush-Cheney policies that got our country into so much economic trouble.

    July 12, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. DocHollywood

    Careful, Romney.....I heard Dick might want you to go hunting with him.

    July 12, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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