Idaho Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, at a candidate forum last night in Fernwood, referred to the county he represents in the Legislature as a “cesspool of liberalism,” the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports. “Latah County, particularly the university, greater Moscow area, is a cesspool of liberalism,” Foreman told a crowd of roughly 50 at UpRiver Bible Church in Fernwood; some of the attendees applauded Foreman’s remarks.
Foreman is an outspoken conservative who represents a mixed district; two years ago, he narrowly defeated Democratic Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow. Foreman’s been in the news for shouting down constituents who try to talk to him about issues, including a profanity-laced confrontation at the local county fair last September that drew police attention, and yelling “abortion is murder” at a group of University of Idaho students who came to the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill.
He also cast one of just two votes in the Senate this year against the budget for the University of Idaho, the largest employer in his district, saying he believes the university has “a left-wing, exceedingly liberal agenda.”
Foreman faces former Moscow Mayor Marshall Comstock in the May 15 GOP primary; the winner will face Democrat David Nelson of Moscow in November.