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Liz Cheney's trouble fishing for votes

Associated Press

Liz Cheney's U.S. Senate bid in Wyoming isn't going especially well. When the far-right media personality launched her campaign, it wasn't well received by much of anyone -- in Wyoming or D.C.

Complicating matters, back in the Cowboy State, Cheney's problems are getting worse.

Senate candidate Liz Cheney improperly received a state resident fishing license based on an application with incorrect information, according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department records.

Cheney, who last month announced she will challenge Sen. Mike Enzi in the 2014 Republican primary, received her resident license just 72 days after closing on her Wilson house in May 2012. State law requires residents live in the state 365 consecutive days before they can receive a resident hunting or fishing license, which are cheaper than out-of-state licenses.

Cheney's application also lists her as a 10-year resident of Wyoming.

Apparently, there's a process clerks follow with a series of mandatory questions from a Game and Fish application. If Cheney gave incorrect information -- claiming, for example, to have lived in Wyoming longer than she actually has -- it's a misdemeanor that comes with a $220 fine.

We don't yet know if this was simply a paperwork error -- Cheney is blaming a local clerk, who "must have made a mistake" -- but she did receive a state fishing license before she was eligible to have one, suggesting something is amiss.

And why would she go to the trouble? Because as Salonexplained, "Wyomingites do not trifle with fishing. According to census data, nearly 40 percent of Wyoming residents are anglers, who spend a cumulative 5.3 million days a year fishing. Fishing expenditures are worth almost $465 million to the state's economy, with much of that coming from tourists.... The state's tourism website uses words like 'ultimate fishing and fly fishing destination' and fishing 'mecca.'"

In other words, if you're a carpetbagger who's eager to pretend you're a local, you'd go out of your way to get a Wyoming fishing license as quickly as possible -- perhaps even taking a shortcut or two.

Liz Brimmer, a Republican strategist in Wyoming, added, "It's a serious misstep. Allegedly poaching in a state where being a resident sportsman is, by law, an earned privilege. Wyoming people will take this very seriously."