Mary Cheney Starts Her Own Consulting Firm

By Jason Horowitz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Good morning, you've reached the offices of Cheney, Cheney & Cheney.

Mary Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney and the sister of go-to Obama critic Liz Cheney, is leaving the political consulting firm Navigators Global to start her own consulting company, and multiple sources familiar with her plans say she will not be going it alone.

"She told me she is going to be starting a firm with her dad and sister," said one friend of Mary's, with whom she has shared her plans.

For now, the only official word is that Cheney, who is expecting her second child with her partner, Heather Poe, in November, will leave Navigators Global at the end of the month.

"She has been a fantastic member of our team, and we are excited for her and wish her well in her new venture," said Phil Anderson, the president of Navigators Global. Asked whether her departure had anything to do with the baggage the Cheney name bears in a town where Democrats control the levers of power, Anderson demurred. "Not at all," he said.

Anderson punted questions about Cheney's plans to Lucy Tutwiler, a spokeswoman for the Cheney family at the American Enterprise Institute -- the conservative think tank where her mother, Lynne, works and where the former vice president sits as a board member.

"Mary is starting an independent strategic consulting firm," Tutwiler confirmed.

And the rest of the family? "Liz is not involved," said Tutwiler, referring to Mary's older sister, who is quickly becoming a familiar face on the cable television and lecture circuit. "She is spending all of her time helping Vice President Cheney write his book."

That's the much-awaited "tome," as described by Mary Matalin, the Cheney intimate and former aide who is publishing it as the hoped-for blockbuster for Threshold Editions, her new Simon & Schuster imprint.

The Cheneys have, of course, found time to become something of their own brand -- a highly bookable, consistently gruff clan who speak in dour unison when bashing the current president, second-guessing the previous commander in chief and chiding wayward GOP leaders. Is Mary hanging a shingle now, with the rest to follow in the near future? Tutwiler said she had nothing else to add. Later calls to Tutwiler seeking further comment were not returned.

Mary Cheney's colleagues did have some things to add. "She has told people within the firm that she wants to do something with her father," said a source within Navigators Global. "It's going to be a firm like Kissinger Associates."

"I have heard from people familiar with her plans that she, her father and her sister are working on a new business venture," said another source within the firm.

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