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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.

McGee comes under fire at county GOP central committee meeting, apologizes

Idaho state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, came under fire at a Canyon County Republican Party Central Committee meeting last night, but succeeded in heading off a move by committee member Ronalee Linsenmann for an immediate vote on an investigation into McGee's recent drunken driving arrest and conviction and a challenge to McGee's chairmanship of the local party. McGee reportedly was applauded by a standing-room-only crowd at the meeting, during which he gave an eight-minute statement apologizing for his conduct. Click below to read a full report from the Associated Press, and click here for a full report, with photos and the full audio from the meeting, from the Idaho Press-Tribune.

“My behavior that night was uncharacteristic,” McGee told the central committee. “You know that that is not who I am, and I'm very embarrassed by that behavior.” He also told the GOP group, “I can tell you that the 28-Republican-member caucus of the Idaho state Senate has been very supportive. They want me to stay, and they want me to stay as their caucus chairman, in their elected position of leadership, and I am very honored and humbled by that.” McGee, who is in his third year as Canyon County GOP chairman, said, “My plan is to carry out my final year of this term. I have more to give to this party.”

He said, “I have made a mistake, and it was a stupid mistake, and I admitted it. I am taking full responsibility for my actions that night. … I'm paying my debt to society.”  He said, “I am sorry to each and every one of you. … It is difficult for me to express the disappointment that I have in my own actions, much less the disappointment that you might have in my actions.”

Sheriff says no inmates diagnosed with concussion; McGee mum on medical records

Neither Sen. John McGee nor his lawyer has responded to requests to release medical records backing up his lawyer's claim in court that a concussion contributed to his bizarre behavior before a Father's Day drunken driving arrest, the Associated Press reports. Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney issued a statement saying no inmate “reported or was diagnosed with a concussion” during the time that McGee was jailed, and that all inmates booked into the jail are screened by a medical professional and provided appropriate treatment. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.
  

McGee: ‘I’m truly sorry’

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller on state Sen. John McGee's guilty plea to DUI in a plea deal today, which came as he chocked back tears and his lawyers blamed his erratic behavior on a concussion they say impaired his judgment. McGee, 38, who represents Caldwell and is the Republican Senate Caucus Chairman, was contrite Friday and apologized for his actions. “It's something I'll remember and something that I'll learn from the rest of my life. I'm truly sorry. I take full responsibility for my actions that evening,” said McGee. “Those actions are inconsistent with what I believe in and who I am.”

McGee’s lawyer: ‘He made a mistake,’ took ‘full responsibility for his actions’

Scott McKay, defense attorney for Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, has issued this statement on McGee's plea agreement and sentencing today on a misdemeanor DUI charge:

“Senator McGee is an outstanding person and a dedicated public servant who has served Idaho citizens with distinction for the better part of the last decade. Like all of us, he is not perfect and he made a mistake when he drank too much following a recent golf event. However, Senator McGee’s behavior after leaving the golf course was affected by factors beyond the consumption of alcohol. He fell after leaving the golf course as documented by bruising and cuts on his knee and a significant bump and laceration on his head. Senator McGee has been examined by a respected neurologist who has concluded that as a result of this fall, he likely sustained a concussion prior to the events leading to his arrest. In my judgment, the foregoing would have provided a complete defense to the criminal allegations made against him. Senator McGee, however, advised me that he did not want to pursue this defense but instead wanted to take full responsibility for his actions including promptly reimbursing the affected homeowners for the damage he caused and apologizing to them. Senator McGee has done just that through the resolution of his case today.”

McGee pleads guilty to DUI in plea deal

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican state Sen. John McGee has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors. The 38-year-old Caldwell Republican reached an agreement Friday during his scheduled preliminary hearing. In return, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of felony grand theft stemming from McGee's arrest last month in Boise. Under terms of the deal, prosecutors recommend McGee serve 180 days in jail, with 175 suspended. It also calls for a withheld judgment. McGee was arrested June 19 after police say he took a truck and cargo trailer from the southwest Boise home of a stranger and got it stuck in a yard just down the street. Police also say a breath test found his blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.
  

Leno’s defense for McGee: ‘There’s not a lot to do in Idaho’

Comedian Jay Leno tonight returned to the story of Idaho state Sen. John McGee, proclaiming it one of his “favorite stories,” and recounting once again the DUI arrest and jackknifed SUV and cargo trailer two doors down from where it was taken from a stranger's home by the prominent GOP politician. “In his defense, there's not a lot to do in Idaho,” Leno said. “Ever been to Idaho? There's not a lot going on.”

Leno on McGee: ‘Is it spring break for politicians?’

Oh, my. Idaho state Sen. John McGee's troubles made Jay Leno's monologue tonight. Leno asked, “Did you hear his excuse? He said computer hackers got into his bloodstream and put alcohol in there.” Reflecting on the recent revelations about a New York congressman, a California governor and an Idaho state senator, Leno asked, “Is it spring break for politicians?”

McGee’s attorney: Medical issue involved

KTVB-TV is reporting that state Sen. John McGee's attorney, Scott McKay, said at McGee's arraignment this afternoon that a medical issue was involved in McGee's behavior over the weekend when, in a bizarre incident, he was arrested sleeping in a stranger's SUV, towing a cargo trailer, after he'd jackknifed it in a neighbor's yard. Police say McGee had been drinking at a golf course Saturday night, before being found in the SUV in the early-morning hours Sunday. He was arraigned this afternoon on charges of misdemeanor drunken driving and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent causing damage, a felony, the Associated Press reports. Here's a link to KTVB's report. McGee's bond was set at $5,000; he's a fourth-term Republican senator who serves as the Senate majority caucus chairman and has long been rumored as a candidate for higher office.

State senator arrested for DUI, theft

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Senator John McGee says he is embarrassed by his arrest on allegations he drove off in a stranger's vehicle and was driving under the influence of alcohol. The four-term Senator from Caldwell was arrested early Sunday and is being held in the Ada County Jail pending arraignment Monday. Authorities say a breath test found he had a blood-alcohol content of .15, nearly twice Idaho's legal limit. McGee's attorney Scott McKay says McGee has never been in this kind of situation before, but is confident in the justice system and vows to handle the matter responsibly. McGee faces a potential felony of grand theft for taking the vehicle. KTVB-TV has a full report here and KIVI-TV has a full report here, each adding some twists to the bizarre story; McGee is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

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

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