Thursday, February 23, 2012

In Shadow of McGee Resignation, District 10 in Need of New Senator

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

While much of the Idaho Statehouse remains back on its heels Thursday in the wake of Wednesday's stunner that revealed allegations of sexual harassment against Caldwell Republican Sen. John McGee, resulting in his resignation from the State Senate, the Idaho Republican Party and, in particular, the Canyon County GOP are planning their next moves to fill McGee's open slot.

Precinct chairs from Canyon County's District 10 will need to meet within 10 days and come up with no more than three names as proposed candidates to replace McGee for the remainder of his term. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will make the final decision.

Inside the same window of time, Republican lawmakers at the Statehouse will need to choose a new GOP Caucus chairman.

"It's an elected position," said Senate ProTem Brent Hill. "We will have another election in the next week or so."

Additionally, McGee served as the Canyon County Republican Central Committee chairman. It's possible that McGee could retain that position, but highly unlikely.

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