CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Wyoming legislator David Nicholas, who died Sunday of an apparent heart attack in Kiev, Ukraine, was a longtime friend of Vice President Dick Cheney and served as Cheney's best man at his wedding.
In a telephone interview with the Casper Star-Tribune, Cheney said Wednesday he had a "close, close relationship" with Nicholas, 64, who was serving as an ambassador and project coordinator for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
"We've been good friends for over 50 years," Cheney said.
Nicholas was Cheney's campaign chairman in his 1978 bid for Congress. That same year, Nicholas ran successfully for the Wyoming Senate from Albany County.
Cheney said he met Nicholas when both were 14 years old and entered Natrona County High School in Casper.
Cheney, his wife, Lynne, and Nicholas and his wife, Karen, graduated from Natrona County High School together. When Cheney married Lynne, Nicholas was his best man.
When Cheney was appointed secretary of defense during the first Bush administration, he tapped Nicholas to be his personal representative to the North American Treaty Organization, a position that carries the rank of ambassador.
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