Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, said she believe the ethics committee must consider the abuse of privilege issue. “It seemed like basically a smokescreen to again not pay what was due the state,” she said. “So even though we don’t have any precedent, I think that our constituents feel that this is a person that’s taken advantage of something that he shouldn’t have taken advantage of, that he’s taken advantage of it over a period of time. … He’s basically saying I don’t care about the institution of the Legislature, I don’t care about what my actions do with regard to other legislators, I just am going to continue to do this because I don’t believe I should pay my taxes, and I’m just going to drag this on forever. Frankly I think he tarnishes the reputation of legislators and he tarnishes the institution of the Legislature.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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