Liz Cheney to appear in court over errant fishing license

August 22, 2013
Liz Cheney, shown in 2010, will run against senior Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's Republican primary. (Cliff Owen/AP)
Liz Cheney, shown in 2010. (Cliff Owen/AP)

U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney is set to appear in court next Tuesday to address the charge of making a false statement to procure a fishing license, the Jackson Hole Daily reports.

Signing a ticket stating she failed to meet Wyoming's residency requirements to purchase a resident fishing license, Cheney posted a $220 bond in the Ninth Circuit Court in Teton County promising to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

Cheney has said that she bought the license in 2012 after moving from the D.C. area to a house near Wilson, Wyo., but did not realize she needed to live in the state for a year before qualifying as a resident. So Cheney bought a resident license for $24 when she qualified only for a nonresident license, which costs $92. While Cheney's licence application denoted that she had been living in Wyoming for 10 years, Cheney maintains that she never said that to the clerk who sold her the licence.

The seemingly minor transgression is a big deal to some.

“It’s a serious misstep,” Liz Brimmer, a Wyoming Republican strategist, told the New York Times. “Allegedly poaching in a state where being a resident sportsman is, by law, an earned privilege. Wyoming people will take this very seriously.”

Brimmer's comment touches on a major criticism of Cheney: that she's more from D.C. than Wyoming. And Wyomingites, as reported by Salon, take fishing seriously.

Forty percent of Wyoming residents are anglers who spend cumulatively 5.3 million days fishing annually, according to the latest census data.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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