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Jeers: Denney Mishandled Hart Affair

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives cheers -- to state Rep. Lawerence (Boss) Denney, R-Midvale: "Before he became the GOP's nominee for secretary of state, Denney was the first Idaho House speaker to get dumped. One reason was his mishandling of the Phil Hart affair. Hart was the Hayden lawmaker who refused to pay his income taxes and stole timber from state endowment lands worth an estimated $22,827. Monday, Denney told the City Club of Boise his hands were tied "by a pesky little document that nobody really follows anymore called the Constitution." In other words, the people elected Hart and only the voters could remove him. But expulsion was never the issue. The speaker could have yanked him from all committee assignments -- including his seat on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. Instead, he waited until Hart was good and ready to go. When Hart's timber theft surfaced, Denney punished state Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, for launching an ethics probe. Does Denney think we're that gullible? More here.

Question: What's worse -- How Lawerence Denney mishandled his role as Majority Leader in the Phil Hart affair? Or how he's spinning it now?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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