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Rep says he didn’t send email that went out to House

House members are concerned this morning over what they say may have been a hacking of a representative’s email account. An email went out this morning to all representatives urging them to vote against HB 265, a bill regarding an interstate compact on public lands. The problem: The email says it came from Rep. Merrill Beyeler, R-Leadore, and was sent from his account this morning at 10:21 a.m., with the subject line, “Vote Not on HB 265.” But Beyeler says he didn’t send it.

The email is signed by another person, but beneath her name is Beyeler’s. “I have a position on it, but this certainly did not come from me,” Beyeler said, brandishing a copy of the email sent to another lawmaker.

Beyeler alerted lawmakers to the incident at the opening of the House session this morning. “This did not come from me,” he said. “One of the things that I’ve always savored is the freedom of speech, and when others begin to speak for us, and try to tell what our feelings and our thoughts are, that is offensive to me.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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