The Times-News in Twin Falls reports today that its local member of the Idaho Transportation Board, Gary Blick, has repeatedly refused to comment to the paper since emerging as a key figure in the firing of ITD Director Pam Lowe. Lowe’s tort claim against the state includes allegations of sex discrimination, including statements by Blick when the board was considering appointing Lowe as its first-ever female director. “Mr. Blick stated that ‘no little girl would be able to run this department’ or words to that effect,” the tort claim says. “Mr. Blick also questioned Ms. Lowe’s appointment by rhetorically asking, ‘What are we going to do when she decides to start a family?’”
Blick is a trucking company owner from Castleford; his wife told the Times-News she was “protecting” him from the press. Click here for the full story from Times-News reporter Jared Hopkins.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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