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IACI Reinstates Profane LaBeau

The leader of Idaho's pro-business lobby has been reinstated after being placed on leave for sending a profanity-laced email about a state senator. The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry reinstated Alex LaBeau as president on Monday. He had been placed on leave in early March; IACI officials have declined to say whether the leave was paid or unpaid. LaBeau had sent an email in January criticizing Sen. Jeff Siddoway for insisting that lawmakers raise teacher pay to $40,000 per year before he would consider any bills to lower taxes. In the email LaBeau described Siddoway as "completely irrelevant" and suggested the group introduce retaliation legislation/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Anyone surprised that IACI waited until after the Legislature adjourned to reinstate their potty-mouthed president?

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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