Name game in Idaho Senate: Son of Senator to be Fibber McGee?

On Wednesday, Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, told his colleagues about the ultrasound revealing he and his wife's second child will be a boy.

He joked that his family hadn't settled on a name, but said some had been ruled out, including Bart, a jab at Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

On Thursday, McGee got razzed on the Senate floor about what to name his progeny.

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Eagle, suggested Highway — McGee is the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and a champion of transportation spending.

Then, Winder offered "Fibber," after the famed old-time radio character, Fibber McGee, a star from the 1930s into the 1950s.

"But I decided 'Fibber' is not a good name for a politician's son," said Winder during the announcement portion of the Senate calendar, which comes just before adjournment.

Winder settled on Thomas Victory. "Think of the initials," cracked Winder, seizing on McGee's reputation for his affection for reporters and cameras, a trait that even Gov. Butch Otter has commented on. "T.V. McGee."

Lt. Gov. Brad Little said there was unanimous consent that the child would be named Garvee, after the oft-debated transportation bonding issue.

McGee laughed. After adjournment, Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, approached McGee and said, "T.V. I like it."

"We can still have a little fun, even though it's kind of dark around here," said McGee.

His wife, Hanna, is expecting the baby on July 10. Their first child, Madalyn, is 18 months old.

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Fibber McGee

Given Senator John McGee cannot seem to tell the truth about anything, I think Fibber McGee is a perfect name for his next born.

Or how about Otter McGee? What better way to honor the man whose bidding you will do at any cost than by naming your son after him?

Victory? Why not VICTOR?


Stop whining about the stupid signature and think for yourself.