Dan Popkey

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Idaho Statesman Reporter Dan Popkey Joins Raul Labrador's Office as Press Secretary

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Former longtime Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, shown here discussing the Legislature at a 2011 meeting of the City Club of Boise. - CITY CLUB OF BOISE VIA FACEBOOK
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For nearly 30 years reporter Dan Popkey has been pounding the streets of Boise and haunting the halls of the Statehouse, covering politics and the Legislature for the Idaho Statesman. That career started on the police beat, but led him to such high-profile stories as the sex scandal surrounding former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig—which earned him a Pulitzer nomination in 2007—and, more recently, taking on a larger role as a commentator on Idaho politics.

According to an announcement from Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador's office Aug. 29, Popkey, 55, is moving on from the Statesman to serve as press secretary for the Republican House member, known for frequent appearances on national television programs. As of July 6, Labrador has appeared nine times on NBC's Meet the Press.

Making note of Popkey's long experience as an observer of state politics, Labrador stated that "Dan will help me better communicate my message to constituents and the media."

For his part, Popkey applauded Labrador's "independence, integrity and fierce commitment to setting our nation's fiscal house in order," and said he is "thrilled with the opportunity to apply what I've learned to help advance our state's priorities in Washington."

Popkey will remain in Idaho, running Labrador's national press operations from the congressman's office in Meridian. According to the Statesman, Popkey's resignation from the paper is effective immediately.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Statesman's Popkey in Gay Republican flick

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 5:29 PM

No, no, not THAT kind of gay Republican flick. This one is a documentary from Kirby Dick that opens Friday at the Tribeca Film Fest in New York.

It's called Outrage and it features interviews with Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, who spent months--perhaps years--investigating allegations that former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was gay, prior to Craig's arrest in the Minneapolis airport men's room in 2007.

The LA Times writes that Dick takes aim squarely at hypocritical votes by closeted gay Republicans.
Dick's world view is best expressed in the film by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of the few gay congressmen who has voluntarily come out of the closet, who says: "There is a right to privacy, there's no right to hypocrisy."
But he also takes aim at the media for not picking up on the hypocrisy angle. And his aim is long and, well, wide. According to one blogger who saw the film:
It's a well-packaged effort covering the Reagan years and the birth of the religious right to the present, wrapping up the stories of Idaho Senator Larry Craig, Virginia Rep. Ed Schrock, former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, Mark Foley, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign manager Ed Mehlman, former GOP National Field Director Dan Gurley, former Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe, former Louisiana congressman Jim McCrery, and current congressman David Dreier, into a tightly wound exposé of closeted D.C.
IndieWIRE also has a review. The film opens in four more cities on May 8. No word on when it's coming to Boise.

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