One of the marquee races of the coming political year is the GOP primary fight between
To recap, there has been the flap over Cheney’s improper acquisition of an in-state fishing license; the sisterly feud sparked by her condemnation of same-sex marriage; and a dust-up between the state’s voluble ex-GOP senator, Alan Simpson -- who is backing Enzi -- and the candidate’s mother,
The latest controversy involves Liz Cheney's husband, Phil Perry, and the matter of his voter registration.
Apparently when Perry registered in Wyoming earlier this year, he remained on the voter roll in his former home state of Virginia. As part of Wyoming’s registration process, Perry had to sign an oath swearing he was not registered to vote elsewhere. He did.
A spokeswoman for the Cheney campaign said the dual registration was an innocent mistake that Perry discovered this week and immediately corrected, by asking his name be removed from the roll in Virginia.
But having spilled into the press, the matter won't be resolved quite that easily. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that Perry, an attorney, could face a felony charge, with a penalty of up to five years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine, if prosecutors pursue the matter.
That seems unlikely. But it doesn’t mitigate the political problem for Cheney -- daughter of former Wyoming congressman and Vice President
With scant difference between Enzi and Cheney on most issues, small things have taken on outsized import. Cheney paid $220 to settle the fish-license mishap. But the political cost of the twin controversies could prove much steeper.