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Dems: ‘Sobering, a sad day for the Senate’

Here's a link to the full story at on today's resignation of Senate Majority Caucus Chairman John McGee, in which AP reporter John Miller notes that McGee's resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment of a female Senate staffer capped a political free-fall that began last year with a drunken driving arrest.

Minority Democrats said they were informed of McGee's resignation Wednesday morning and were shocked by the news. “Whenever any of our members has this happen, it's sobering,” Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, told the Associated Press. “It's a sad day for the Senate.”  Meanwhile, the Idaho Democratic Party issued a statement saying it was “thankful” that McGee resigned today. Party Chairman Larry Grant said, “I am glad that GOP leadership has finally accepted that something must be done to turn around the culture that has rooted itself in the Statehouse.” You can read the party's full statement here.

The AP reports that McGee's sunny disposition and rapid rise into Senate leadership last year at the age of just 38 made him constant fodder for talk that he'd seek higher elected office; but that his departure from the Senate likely means any further political aspirations he had are over.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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