Three North Idaho lawmakers who joined Gov. Butch Otter for a press conference today on state revenues also expressed concerns about the GOP platform loyalty oath, as did the governor. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said, “I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of Idaho and the Constitution of the United States. My loyalty is to the people that elected me, and I have no desire to sign anything for anyone.” Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, said she wasn’t at the convention and hasn’t had a chance to study the new platform. “It’s still not clear to me just exactly what’s in there,” she said.
Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, said, “I’ve read the platform, and if I decide to sign off, it’s going to be with exceptions.” Asked to name one, he said, “I don’t support repealing the 17th Amendment.” The party platform does; that’s the amendment that calls for direct election of U.S. senators. Goedde said there probably would be other items, too, where he’d differ.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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