Friday, August 29, 2014

Press-Tribune: Suit Challenging Lodge Residency Dismissed

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The flap over Canyon County Republican Sen. Patti Anne Lodge's residency is gone with the wind.

In March, 2013, Boise Weekly sat down with the veteran lawmaker to talk politics and how she loved to spend time among her prized cattle at her farm in the Sunnyslope area. But two Canyon County Republicans, Maurice Clements, who ran against Lodge in 2012, and Ethan Crisp, chairman of the Canyon County Young Republicans, questioned the validity of Lodge's temporary residence outside of her district while she builds a new home on her Sunnyslope property.

"That's where my bills come; that's where I vote; that's my home," Lodge said in 2013.

But Greg Collett, who ran unsuccessfully against Lodge in this year's GOP primary, formally challenged Lodge's residency, triggering a hearing earlier this month.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Judge Ron Schilling dismissed the case.

Meanwhile, Lodge is moving forward with her reelection campaign, where she'll face Democratic challenger Rita Burns on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Collet insisted that his challenge to Lodge's residency was not politically motivated.

"This negativism has got to stop," Lodge told the Press-Tribune.

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