We left him a message last week about Electionland, but Bayes does not use computers and said he's been preaching against them for years now, even predicting that the phone and television would one day be merged and tell people what to do. Also, his cell phone is often lacking charge. So he just stopped by, in town from Wilder, where he and his wife raised 16 children.
Bayes recently lost a lawsuit against Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter and the state seeking to stop all abortions in Idaho. The suit was dismissed with prejudice and Otter's attorneys are asking Bayes to pay legal fees, $4,640, according to Bayes, who has appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court.
"He expects me to pay it, but I've got news for you, I don't think it's going to work that way," Bayes said.
Bayes is generally seen as a one-issue candidate: he does not like abortion. But he also believes strongly that gay students should have separate bathrooms. [h/t SLOG h/tipping Idaho Press Tribune]
Bayes solution to Idaho's economic downturn: take over federal lands and manage them as state lands, logging and all. Then, give the money to all schools, including private and home schools. Also, kill all the wolves in Idaho, talk about God in schools ... you get the picture.
Bayes, who worked agricultural jobs most of his life, picking cherries and thinning beats with his many children, the youngest of whom is now 20, supports himself on social security checks. He says he refused welfare when Health and Welfare tried to get him to sell his truck and horses. Not sure what that means.
You can ask Walt about his positions (on the issues, or otherwise) at BW Electionland. We are going to help him with the technology, so Walt Bayes will respond on E-Land. We've extended the same offer to other technophobic candidates, of which there are several.