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McGeachin, Loertscher: ‘Not one ounce of truth’ in ‘affidavit’

A former House committee secretary who claims she overheard an offensive conversation between then-House Assistant Majority leader Scott Bedke and Tom Perry, then an attorney for Gov. Butch Otter, during testimony at a 2012 House committee hearing, claimed in an “affidavit” that she provided to Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and two far right news outlets that then-Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, heard the conversation, was offended and felt threatened by Perry, and could corroborate her story. But McGeachin says the woman’s report is false.

McGeachin told the Twin Falls Times-News nothing of the sort ever happened and that such behavior would be out of character for Bedke, saying she served with him in the Legislature for 10 years and he always conducted himself professionally.

“I was NOT a witness to any such conversation or degrading remarks which are referenced in the affidavit in that legislative committee,” she said in an email. “Any such public comments of this nature are entirely inappropriate and would not have been tolerated by any committee chair in the Idaho Legislature.” Times-News reporter Nathan Brown’s full report is online here.

Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, who chaired the House State Affairs Committee then and still does today, told Brown, “There is not one ounce of truth in this affidavit – not one ounce.”

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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