Gone but not forgotten: Idaho Dems seek to cash in on McGee

Former state Sen. John McGee is gone from the Legislature and won't appear on the 2012 ballot.

But as McGee landed in the headlines again — this time for a disturbing the peace charge, stemming from a complaint by a former state secretary — Idaho Democrats tried to make hay on the news.

“This is the true culture of Idaho’s GOP supermajority,” said Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown. “The GOP has earned a bad reputation for, not only being out of touch with middle class, working families, but for using their positions to help their friends and to misbehave at the public’s expense.”

Not a new tack, as Idaho Democrats have hammered at the GOP "culture" repeatedly in statements this year. But it's been a year since McGee went from a rising GOP star to an embattled Senate leader to a disgraced ex-lawmaker. Does his demise stick to a party?

Here's the Democrats' statement, issued Tuesday:

A few months ago, former Sen. John McGee of Caldwell was a powerful Republican leader. Reports surfaced today that his pattern bad behavior continued even as Idaho Senate Republicans voted to keep him in his vaunted leadership role during the 2012 legislative session.

Though McGee resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment by a Senate aide, he enjoyed the trappings of privilege even after his 2011 Father’s Day arrest for DUI and car theft. The Senate GOP Caucus voted on Jan. 11 to embrace McGee as a member of their leadership team. A few weeks later his was using “profane and offensive language” toward a state employee who filed a complaint.

“This is the true culture of Idaho’s GOP supermajority,” said Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown. “The GOP has earned a bad reputation for, not only being out of touch with middle class, working families, but for using their positions to help their friends and to misbehave at the public’s expense.”

The good news is that Idaho Democrats have many good, hard working, dedicated candidates who are ready to restore trust in the Statehouse. Many of those candidates will be in Boise this week for the Idaho State Democratic Party Convention from Thursday to Saturday.

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Exploit

exploit, exploit. No agenda. No success. No vision. Vote for us. ROTFL

No thanks.

I'm not voting for republicans again.

And according to this shill article

"The good news is that Idaho Democrats have many good, hard working, dedicated candidates who are ready to restore trust in the Statehouse. Many of those candidates will be in Boise this week for the Idaho State Democratic Party Convention from Thursday to Saturday."

Problem is hardly anyone wants to vote for the Obamunist ticket in this state.

Third party

Neither party is enticing to say one is a member. One whines and one hollers smaller government while implementing even more government into our individual lives. Many now refer to their political affiliation as Independent.

Does this position not seem a bit hypocritical?

When Edgar Malepeai, also found guilty of DUI, was elected to the top leadership position by Democrats in the Senate?

As soon as the allegations of misconduct in the Senate were made, Senate GOP leadership took action. What more do the Democrats want?

Instead of beating this horse, why don't the Democrats focus on how their policies would be better? How their leadership would improve Idaho? I don't think continuing to focus of McGee's stupidity is going to gain them any votes.

Sen. Malepeai and Sen. McGee

Sen. Malepeai didn't steal a truck in the process.

I can't speak for "Democrats." I personally would have preferred that Senate GOP leadership took action after the Father's Day incident rather than waiting until after the sexual harassment incident.

(And, as a Democrat, I can wish they'd also have brought up ethical incidents with other Republican legislators rather than just picking on McGee.)

I like John McGee personally; I got to know him when I interned in JFAC when he was a member, and he's always been nothing but gracious to me. But the DUI incident should have been a wake-up call to him, and if not him, then to Senate leadership.

So, stealing the car is the cutoff? DUI is ok?

All I'm saying is that the Dems should not throw stones about electing leadership with arrests.

I have NO problem taking someone to task when they abuse or exploit their elected office and there are some who should have been called out for ethics violations. I would have assumed (wrongly, as it turns out) that the arrest would have been enough for McGee to stay on the straight and narrow. I would have given him a second chance since his arrest had nothing to do with his elected office. I would have left it to the voters to decide if they were willing to do the same. I think Senate leadership acted quickly and appropriately when a complaint was made at the Statehouse.

I just think it is weak for the Democrats to focus on McGee and it shows their lack of depth when it comes to their vision for the state.

Gag ME

Susan "save the world" Brown insults every middle class Idahoan. The Republicans serving in Idaho are far from perfect, but to imply they are out of touch with the Idaho voter is insane and insulting. Other than District 19 and Blaine County your group has "NO" touch with Idaho voters. I guess the recent creed, that "the private sector is doing fine" is yours as well. I have never seen a group so "out of touch" with AMERICA than the current, failed, soon to be look'in for a job (in the private sector)Democrat Party. Thank you Mr. President, Mr. Reid, Ms Pelosi for demonstrating to AMERICA what not to do when in power.

Can we just stop

taking one comment out of context or misconstruing it to use as a mantra against the opposing party? Whether it's Obama's 57 states & "private sector is doing fine" or Romney's "I like to fire people" & his $10,000 bet, etc.

They are all lame arguments that have little to do with the reality of ones politics and should not be the basis for how we vote, at least for the rational person.

I couldn't agree more.

:)