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McGee’s tipping point?

Idaho state Senator John McGee, R-Caldwell, has generated quite a string of negative headlines this year. Now one more apparently is on its way.

This one comes via Dennis Mansfield, the conservative Republican (former congressional and legislative candidate) who goes his own way on any number of matters. To this point, Mansfield raised the question of whether McGee, convicted some months back of DUI, should quit. With the latest, he specifically calls for resignation:

Because along with ALL those other things, I was told today by two very reputable sources that John McGee as a part of GOP Senate Leadership last year agreed to fire a key administrative secretary in the Idaho State Senate because she had been arrested on a DUI. (I am keeping her name anonymous for her sake and for her reputation.) BTW, she did not contact me, nor did anyone connected to her.

Senator McGee joined with GOP Leadership when they apparently announced to the Senate and others that this young secretary’s firing had been brought about because of “behavior unbecoming the Idaho State Senate”

That point alone tips the scales for me.

We’ll keep watch to see what response develops.

UPDATE There’s more, in the form of some comments from Senate President pro tem Brent Hill and Senator Chuck Winder. Hill says the secretary had a second DUI atop the first, and that those might not have been the only factors involved in her case; and that she was not fired – though there was an implication that she was strongly encouraged to leave. Which makes her case harder externally to judge (given the limited number of facts available), but still suggests that there should have been some more sensitivity in the case of a legislator, who should be held to a higher standard.

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