| EMBLEM, Wyo.
EMBLEM, Wyo. Aug 24 U.S. Senate candidate Liz
Cheney received a mostly warm welcome from some 300 conservative
Wyoming voters on Saturday despite having committed a political
gaffe by mistakenly buying the wrong fishing license.
Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick
Cheney, announced last month that she will challenge incumbent
Senator and fellow Republican Mike Enzi in an August 2014
But Cheney's entry onto the political stage in this deeply
conservative state, where hunting and fishing are sacred rights,
was marred by reports that she had inappropriately obtained a
resident fishing license after living in Wyoming for just a few
State law requires a year of residency before applying for
such a license, which is less expensive than ones for visitors
"When I went in to purchase a license, the clerk asked if I
was a resident. I said yes because I was living in Wyoming,"
Cheney said in a statement this week.
She said she didn't realize there was a 365-day requirement,
and blamed the store clerk for not asking how long she had lived
in the state. She paid a $220 fine a few days ago.
When asked by a Reuters reporter whether she thought voters
would hold the mistake against her, Cheney said that she only
wanted to talk about "the issues."
But some voters who attended the barbecue luncheon in the
tiny northern crossroads town of Emblem said they were
disappointed in Cheney, and the license mistake was an issue for
"She should have known better. Those of us that live here
know better," said Randy Blackburn, a hunter and professional
nuisance animal trapper who lives in Cody, near the eastern
boundary of Yellowstone National Park.
Blackburn said he thought Cheney was "pulling a Hillary,"
referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's move to
New York before winning a Senate seat there.
Cheney, an attorney whose family has deep Wyoming roots,
spent much of her youth and adult life in Virginia, where she
worked in the U.S. State Department during the administration of
President George W. Bush.
"I like what she has to say," Blackburn said, "but I'm
probably still going with Enzi."
Cheney and Enzi have both spoken out against federal
healthcare policy, calling "Obamacare" a mistake that must be
Some Wyoming voters are unhappy with Enzi for being one of
three Republican senators in the so-called "Gang of Six" who in
2009 sought to compromise on healthcare, and Cheney appears
poised to make that a campaign issue.
"Too often, what's happening today is all the compromise is
coming from our side," she said, calling that approach
(Reporting by Ruffin Prevost; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and