American Museum of Fly Fishing has confirmed that an invitation has been extended, and accepted, by former Vice President Dick Cheney to speak about fly fishing at one of the museum’s annual fundraising events.
Originally it was believed that Cheney would be the speaker and guest of honor at the dinner and auction at the New York Angler’s Club on March 5.
However, Executive Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Catherine Comar, said that Cheney will instead be the guest speaker at a fundraising event in the fall, which will most likely take place in Washington D.C.
The museum first released information confirming Cheney’s attendance at the fundraiser earlier this week.
The idea of inviting Cheney arose when the staff and the board began discussing the museum’s fundraisers, Comar said.
“We thought Mr. Cheney would be a wonderful speaker and people would be interested in hearing him talk about fly fishing,” Comar said. “The decision to invite Mr. Cheney was not a political one. It was because of his passion … for the sport of fly fishing.”
The invitation was also made in part, Comar said, because Cheney has been an avid fly fisherman since his teens.