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Lynne Cheney Draws a Crowd

August 27, 2002

Lynne Cheney, wife of the vice president of the United States, was the featured guest at a reception fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Connie Morella (R-8) last week.

A crowd of more than 165 people gathered at the Potomac Falls home of Kitty Albright where Cheney told the crowd she had been a fan of Morella’s for more than 20 years.

“Back when Dick was a member of congress, we got to know and admire her,” Cheney said. “She doesn’t always agree with the president, or the vice president, but they both admire that kind of independent thinking,” she added.

“You have to admire how she has slugged it out every time. She is not going to let a bunch of politicians in Annapolis, re-drawing districts, beat her,” Cheney said.

On a non-partisan note, Cheney related stories about her three grandchildren. She told how her four year old granddaughter distinguished her from her other grandmother by calling Cheney “the grandma of the United States.”

Cheney compared Morella to Elizabeth Stanton, a mother of seven, who worked for 50 years with Susan B. Anthony to improve women’s rights.

“One of the great things is how much women have contributed to our history. We need experienced and wise leadership. There are people out there who wish us ill. We need to go after those people,” she concluded.

Morella will challenge the winner of a four-way race among Democrats Mark Shriver, Chris Van Hollen, Ira Shapiro and Deborah Vollmer, in the general election.

<1b>— Cissy Finley Grant