Speaker Denney warns new Idaho lawmakers: Don't embarrass us with a DUI or other misstep

The ghost of former Senate Majority Caucus Chairman John McGee appeared Monday on the first day of orientation for new lawmakers. McGee, who resigned last year after a 2011 DUI and a 2012 sexual harassment case, wasn't mentioned by name, but his spirit was in the room.

At the luncheon that opened three days of training for 44 new Idaho lawmakers, House Speaker Lawerence Denney urged the group to be mindful of the scrutiny they'll draw as elected officials.

"I want to welcome you to the goldfish bowl," said Denney, R-Midvale. "Everything you do is going to be observed. You're going to have to be very, very careful what you do, when you do it and how you do it because it may be the headline the next day."

Denney then noted the nightly social events open to lawmakers free of charge, sponsored by various interest groups and associations.

"I can tell you there are a lot of opportunities to do things that don't bring honor to you around here. There are receptions nearly ever night, and there are dinners nearly every night," Denney said. "And there's an opportunity to drink, if you like to drink.

"If you drink too much, I'm going to give each one of you my cell phone number and I will come and take you home, because I don't want to read about it in the newspaper because everything that we do reflects on every one of us. We definitely want to put our best foot forward and do the very best that we can."

Jeff Youtz, director of the Legislative Services Office, added that new ethics training will be held for all 105 lawmakers on Jan. 9, the third day of the 2013 session. A half-day is set aside for the program, which was endorsed by bipartisan leadership, Youtz said.

"It's really a unique opportunity for the the entire Legislature to hear all the ground rules, to get the same playbook," Youtz said.

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“Baby steps to ethics” Denney?

“Baby steps to ethics” Denney counseling others on ethics? Why did Nonini deep six the excellent Cronin legislation that would have protected Idaho Citizens from bad actors in the troubled For-profit education industry? How much money did the troubled For-profit education industry, K-12 Corporation, Apollo Group/University of Phoenix, and others pay Denney and Nonini the pas two sessions?

"Fire up the jet baby, we're going to El Paso!!" Mike Scanlon: "I want all their MONEY!!!" Email interchange between Jack Abramoff and Mike Scanlon, February 6, 2002

How about just telling them

How about just telling them not to drink at all. How about keeping a clear brain thinking process. How about representing your district and not political party hacks. The list could and should go on and on and on of "how about" just doing the right thing as if you have to answer to your child.

and please forward that to dems in Idaho and the

USA as well....

How about acting like an adult? No need to ban drinking if

you are adult and do it responsibly. The rest I agree with completely.


It must be fun being all-Speakery for the session opening, while knowing you might be gone in days.

If you cheat on your taxes and steal, I'll protect you.

Just don't drink and drive. THAT will embarrass us!


we are doomed....

watch the dollar....have you seen a drone yet?