GOP Leadership Blasts Rep. Ron Nate's Secret Recording of Fellow Republican 

  • Idaho State Legislature
  • Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg)

An eastern Idaho lawmaker is defending his secret recording of a conversation he had with a fellow Republican lawmaker, writing on his Facebook that there has been "too much lying and cheating" at the Idaho Statehouse, adding, "We are in a battle for our liberty."

The Idaho Post Register reports that Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) recorded a private conversation he had with Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg). Hill had endorsed a GOP challenger to Nate in the May Republican primary, but Nate emerged victorious. The recording reportedly occurred after the primary.

When the Post Register filed a public records request to get the details of the conversation, Nate refused, saying it was "personal business" and an invasion of his "personal privacy." 

Meanwhile, House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley) is not too pleased with Nate, telling the Post Register, "It's conduct unbecoming a member of the House of Representatives and I believe that it is misconduct."

House Minority Leader Mike Moyle (R-Star) added, "Being a legislator is like being in a marriage. If you lose trust it's over."

Idaho Senator Major Leader Bart Davis (R-Idaho Falls) told the Post Register, "If the allegations are true ... then that House member has a very serious credibility problem with all of his legislative colleagues."
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