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Wed., Jan. 22, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

Senator brings colleague’s election challenger on a job-shadow

Christian Fioravant, 21, of Bonners Ferry, does a job-shadow at Idaho’s state Capitol on Wednesday of Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, left; Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, is at right. (Betsy Russell)
Christian Fioravant, 21, of Bonners Ferry, does a job-shadow at Idaho’s state Capitol on Wednesday of Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, left; Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, is at right. (Betsy Russell)

A young man in a suit who just turned 21 a month ago is doing a job-shadow of Sen. Steven Thayn in the Idaho Senate this week – at the same time he’s running against one of Thayn’s colleagues, Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint.

Christian Fioravant, who moved to Bonners Ferry about a year and a half ago, filed as a Constitution Party candidate for the Senate seat on Dec. 30.    Thayn, who began shepherding Fioravant around the Capitol on Tuesday, didn’t know Fioravant was a candidate until Keough told him on the Senate floor that morning.

“Hopefully Sen. Keough’s a good sport about this,” said Thayn, R-Emmett. “Constitution Party people never win elections. I mean, I don’t think she’s too threatened.” Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, was surprised. “It’s not something I would have done, I guess I can say that,” he said. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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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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