Boise Mayor David Bieter has had a generally blessed run in office so far: No huge blowups or bitterly intractable issues, which is one reason we've figured (and still do) he's in the favored position for re-election this year. Not much at City Hall has tested him hard.
Here's something, though, that might. Jade Riley, one of Bieter's key assistants - not exactly but nearly chief of staff - was charged late Friday night with driving under the influence. Bieter took action promptly, suspending Riley without pay for two weeks. The arresting agency was the Boise City Police; its officers may win some plaudits for not letting one of the mayor's top aides off the hook.
Riley, a former executive director of the state Democrats, has been a key figure in Bieter's office from the start of his mayoralty, a valuable player. What exactly, though, should Bieter do now?
No obvious answers from this quarter; but quite a few people probably will be watching.