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Edit: McGee Allegation Handled Well

Regardless of how you feel about the political positions he took, you have to feel for former District 10 Sen. John McGee (pictured) and his family. His once-promising political career is apparently over, his job could be at risk and his family has had to deal with a very public array of embarrassing allegations and convictions in the last nine months. Politics is a rough-and-tumble affair, but at the end of the day, we’re still just human beings. That said, credit must be given to McGee’s colleagues in the Idaho Senate, who responded quickly, definitively and properly last week when McGee was charged with sexual harassment of an adult legislative employee/Idaho Press-Tribune Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho Senate leaders would have responded “quickly, definitively and properly” to the sexual allegation against John McGee, if he hadn't slipped up before?

McGee Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

Idaho Senate Republican Caucus Chairman John McGee avoided a felony conviction Friday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor DUI just 12 days after his arrest following a bizarre night of drinking and bad driving. McGee, his voice breaking, told the court, “I'm truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions that night. … I hope that I can somehow earn back the trust of those people I've disappointed.” McGee will serve three more days of jail time, lose his driver's license for at least 30 days and pay a $750 fine. He has already paid about $12,000 restitution to the victims of his Father's Day joyride. The prosecutor, however, dropped a felony charge in a plea agreement approved by Ada County magistrate James Cawthon/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Former legislator Brandon Durst tweets of this plea: “McGee gets off ez. Good to know the justice system treats everyone equal. The justice system for the connected, that is.” Do you agree?

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