“If you want to tick off a whole bunch of people in Idaho, try telling them they don’t know what region they’re in. Try, for example, to tell someone from the Panhandle that because you’ve been to Grangeville, you’ve seen North Idaho. Or to claim that you know all about Canyon County because you’ve looked around Boise, which is just the next county over. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, is enduring weeks of heat down in far-off Twin Falls (that’s the Magic Valley, mind you), for an off-hand comment in which he dismissed the entire region. Goedde, who’s co-chairing a legislative interim committee on community college funding, was quoted in the Twin Falls Times-News about the panel’s meeting schedule, which doesn’t include Twin Falls. The comment: “It’s not that we’re avoiding CSI. I would consider Twin to be a part of Eastern Idaho, and we would welcome people to come to Idaho Falls if they want to speak about this issue.”
For the rest of the post by Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise, click here.
DFO: The photoshop picture of Goedde harkens back to the 2006 Legislature when he, as Senate Education Committee chairman, scared the Idaho Education Association into not backing a potential Democrat opponent by declaring that he’s “the bear” and threatening retaliation.