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Canyon County GOP backs McGee

Here's a link to reporter Mike Butts' full report in the Idaho Press-Tribune today on last night's Canyon County GOP meeting, at which the county central committee rejected a move to investigate Chairman John McGee's recent DUI and instead voted 23-6 in favor of a resolution to support McGee and not address the issue again. One committee member called member Ronalee Linsenman's bid to investigate and possibly remove McGee from the chairmanship "an example of a personal vendetta rather than a serious motion."

McGee told the Press-Tribune he was “humbled and flattered” by the county central committee’s support, and said, “I look forward to continuing to serve as the chairman of the party and continuing to serve my role as state senator.” He said he thinks the DUI matter has been put to rest. “The vast majority of people in that room said enough is enough. The party’s moving forward and my family’s moving forward. It’s time to move on to other things.”

The outcome was much different from the Idaho State Republican Central Committee meeting last month, at which, after extended debate, the state committee passed a symbolic resolution declaring "no confidence" in McGee over the incident, while defeating one calling for his resignation as Senate majority caucus chairman.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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