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Rep. Scott goes on talk radio to defend her controversial comments, says she’s ‘probably’ a martyr

A defiant Idaho Rep. Heather Scott went on talk radio in Boise on Friday evening to defend her comments that got her removed from all her House committee assignments, charging that the sanctions against her were just a “distraction” to keep attention off her new website and outreach efforts. “I said legislators shouldn’t have to sleep around or spread their legs to advance,” Scott, R-Blanchard, told KBOI Radio host Nate Shelman. “That’s the appearance from the outside. ... The better question to ask is what’s going on here and what are they trying to hide.” She added, “There’s other things being hidden.”

When Shelman pressed Scott to reveal what she says is being covered up at the Statehouse, she demurred. “You’ll never ask me back if I tell you everything the first time,” the second-term North Idaho lawmaker said. Shelman responded, “I don’t know if I’m going to ask you back if you don’t answer the question.”

Scott’s appearance on the live, call-in radio show, originally scheduled for half an hour, was extended to 90 minutes. “Rant and Rave Friday has turned into the Heather Scott show,” Shelman told listeners just over an hour in. You can read my full story here at

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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