UPDATED, 11:50 a.m., with additional information from court documents and the Ada County sheriff's office. (The information from court records comes from Patrick Orr.)
It's been the kind of week that blurs the line between the political beat and the police blotter.
On Thursday, the Ada County sheriff's office issued Lucas Baumbach a failure to obey citation, a misdemeanor.
The failure to obey citation was filed in connection with an April 15 citation, when Baumbach was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving without privileges. According to Idaho court records, police discovered Baumbach did not have a valid driver’s license.
Baumbach was supposed to appear in court on that charge May 4, but court records indicate he did not show, so a failure to obey warrant was issued for Baumbach on June 7.
Baumbauch turned himself in Thursday morning, Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said Friday. Ada County jail records show he was released after posting a $500 bond.
Baumbach, 33, ran for state Senate on the GOP ticket in 2010, losing to Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk. He also ran unsuccessfully for Boise City Council in 2009. He may be best known for a video mashup, released the day before the 2010 GOP primary, showing wording similarities in speeches by GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward and President Obama. Ward lost the next day, and the video certainly didn't help.
A small-world footnote: last July, after then-state Sen. John McGee pleaded guilty on a drunken driving charge, Baumbach was one of two Boise Republicans who urged the state GOP central committee to censure and expel McGee from the committee. Ultimately, the central committee gave McGee a vote of no confidence.
Said Baumbach at the time: "We must, as the Idaho Republican Party, attract individuals of character and moral fiber to run for public office. ... How can we do that when we harbor and give safe haven to people who do not have good moral fiber?"
McGee turned himself in Tuesday on a charge of disturbing the peace, two days before Baumbach's arrest.