Liz Cheney: ‘My Mistake’ On Wyoming Fishing License

Republican Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney on Wednesday apologized for entering false residency information on a fishing license application submitted last year. 

“It was my mistake not to realize there was a 365-day requirement to hold a resident license,” the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a statement, as quoted by Jackson Hole Daily. “The clerk did not ask how long I had lived in Wyoming.”

Cheney, who is mounting a primary bid against Sen. Mike Enzi (R), posted a $220 bond this week after it was reported that she received a license 72 days after closing on her Wyoming house in May 2012. State law requires that residents live in the state 365 consecutive days before they are eligible to receive a resident hunting or fishing license, however.

Cheney claimed earlier this month that the “clerk must have made a mistake.”

More from the statement via the Jackson Hole Daily:

“On August 3, 2012, I spent the day on the Snake River with a group of wounded warriors and the Rivers of Recovery organization,” it said. “Rivers of Recovery provides therapy and treatment to wounded veterans through fly fishing.

“I had arranged for Sean Hannity to film the group for a special he later ran on Fox News to draw attention to and help support the group and the warriors,” the statement said. “I didn’t know whether I would fish that day, but wanted to have a license just in case.

When I went in to purchase a license, the clerk asked if I was a resident,” the statement said. “I said yes because I was living in Wyoming.

“I would like to praise the professionalism and dedication of the officers at the Department of Game and Fish,” the statement said.

 

 

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