Dick Cheney: Enzi lied about us being fishing buddies

October 27, 2013

File: Former Vice President Dick Ceney (AP)

 

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday accused Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) of lying about the two of them being fishing buddies.

Cheney's daughter, Liz Cheney, is challenging Enzi in a primary next year -- a race that has forced big-name Wyoming politicians to choose between one of the state's first families of politics and an incumbent senator.

Asked about Enzi's comments that he felt blind-sided by the primary challenge given his relationship with the family, Dick Cheney said Enzi is misrepresenting their closeness.

"Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true -- never happened," Cheney said.

Reports around the time of Liz Cheney's announcement stated that Dick Cheney and Enzi were fishing buddies, but it's not clear that Enzi himself made the claim.

Cheney also hit Enzi for relying on Washington-based political action committees to fund his campaign.

"He doesn't get much money from Wyoming," Cheney said.

Update 12:51 p.m.: The New York Times's Jonathan Martin, whose story is linked above, tweets that Enzi said he and Dick Cheney got to know each other at a fishing tournament:

Update: Enzi spokeswoman Kristin Walker has released the following statement standing by Enzi's claim that the two have fished together:

Senator Enzi regrets the loss of any friendship. He thought he and Dick Cheney shared a love of fly fishing and Wyoming. They have anchored the One Fly Fishing Event together in the state and Senator Enzi was asked to be a speaker when Mr. Cheney was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Most of the conversations centered around fishing when they met.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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