Kudos to KBOI radio talk-show host Nate Shelman, who was first to interview the man who prompted tightened security in the Idaho Legislature because of his behavior on the House floor Jan. 10.
A man identifying himself as "Keith from Boise," called KBOI shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and offered to come speak to Shelman. Shelman agreed, abandoning his plans to discuss Gov. Butch Otter's pitch for a state-run health insurance exchange. Otter had been on the show from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
"Keith from Boise," arrived a few minutes later and remained on the show until 6 p.m. Audio of the show is available here.
Late in the hour, "Keith" corrected Shelman, saying he was from Meridian. He didn't give his full name, however, Bryan Keith Carter. Carter usually goes by "Bryan," using that name in my conversations with him Tuesday, on Facebook, in his workplace and at a Jan. 16 legislative forum at Meridian City Hall.
I interviewed Carter after his radio appearance. Carter told me he would meet me at the Statesman at 5:45 p.m., but he didn't show. When I called his cell phone at 6:30 p.m., he agreed to talk by phone, providing the material for last night's blog post and a story in this morning's paper.
In both interviews, Carter apologized for alarming lawmakers, but defended his photographing of documents on legislators' desks and retrieving a document from the trash. He told Shelman the legislative phone list he photographed was a public record and available on the internet. (In fact, one document he photographed is an internal phone list for lawmakers' numbers on the floor and is not publicly circulated.)
Shelman, while acknowledging he hadn't viewed the full 11-minute video, said he didn't think Carter did anything wrong. "I don't think Keith has anything to apologize for," Shelman said, also poking fun at lawmakers who "got their panties in a knot."
Shelman gleaned some fresh details about Carter: He has two children, was carrying a Glock 26 9mm pistol on the House floor, is a member of the gun rights group Idaho Carry and has had citizens weapons training offered by the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
In his radio gig, Carter also questioned why Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna didn't show video of him in the Senate, where he said he opened the door for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and parents on a tour led by Rep. James Holtzclaw, R-Meridian. Luna played a short excerpt of Carter's time on the House floor last week for the House State Affairs Committee. The full 11-minutes from the House was subsequently made public by House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona.
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