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Now McGee has to win back some skeptics

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:45 am

The latest chapter in the saga of Sen. John McGee has apparently come to an end. Canyon County Republican leaders have decided not to investigate his bizarre June DUI arrest any further.

Ronalee Linsenmann, who proposed the resolution last month, argued that “if we want to renew the faith in the Republican Party, we need to act like our reputation matters.”

But the majority of other party leaders clearly opposed the move, saying McGee has paid his debt, made his apologies, and now it’s time to move on.

Say what you will about their decision. But it was good to see that McGee didn’t try to control the proceedings like he did on July 12, when he essentially put a cold stop to Linsenmann’s motion by passing it on to the Central Committee’s executive board for future consideration.

On Tuesday, McGee wisely yielded his chairman duties to Vice Chairman Steve Kren. Because the resolution dealt with him personally, the only acceptable thing for him to do was recuse himself from the process. Better late than never.

Still, voters have long memories, and with human nature being what it is, they tend to remember the bad things public figures do much longer than they do the good ones. McGee will have a cloud over his head for quite some time, and it will give him an obstacle to overcome that he had yet to deal with in his relatively young political career.

He still hasn’t provided any sort of tangible corroboration of his claim he suffered a concussion on that night. That would give voters a legitimate reason to believe it was as much a medical problem as it was just drunken foolishness. So it looks like we’ll just have to take him at his word about that, as well as what happened during all those hours between when he left the golf course and when he crashed the vehicle he stole into a nearby yard.

McGee has been given another chance by his party. But if he runs again, people will want an answer.

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Welcome to the discussion.


  • JAIreland posted at 10:12 am on Sat, Aug 13, 2011.

    JAIreland Posts: 585

    Good editorial, Press-Tribune.

    I suspect there were more Republicans mad at McGee for voting down the Obamacare nullification bill than for this boyish drunken car theft episode.

  • ArvadaL posted at 10:08 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    ArvadaL Posts: 15

    don't worry ,we will remember this at voting and deal with the people who believe that just because you are our govenment representives that you are entitled to adhere to different rules from us little peons out here! anyone of us who were caught driving while drunk would not pass go or collect 200$ but go straight to jail. we know this from reading the news. I along with many others pray that when McGee comes up for re-election all of you in his district will remember what he has gotten away with. ArvadaL


  • BRR posted at 7:52 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    BRR Posts: 162

    Saluting McGee for not trying to control the proceedings like he did the first time is lilke thanking a bank robber for not pulling a crime that day. The wholel process was rigged by McGee's gang.

    If there was a true Democratic challenger to McGee's senate seat, Canyon County Republicans wouldn't be so blinded.

    It's the price we way for a one what has become a the facade of a two party system in which power is concentrated in one party. A Republican judge, lawyer, and prosecutor (from Oregon), along with McGee cooked up phony "justice" to protect a favored son.

  • granny1 posted at 9:48 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    granny1 Posts: 21

    It's been suggested we should quiet beating a dead horse. The best way to do that would be to bury it. Out of sight out of mind,,!!!!!

  • Paul posted at 11:53 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Paul Posts: 360

    Politics is a dirty business and McGee has been able to swim with the sharks at the legislature and get some positive things done for the people of Canyon and Ada Counties and other places in Idaho. His work on the I-84 Garvee bonding in Idaho is just one example.

    McGee had his day in court and the Judge gave hime pretty much what every first time DUI offender gets for punishment. If the court of public opinion is not in agreement then he will find himself no longer a member of the Idaho Legislature at the next election. If he has a drinking problem he will likely not survive the terms of his probation and that will be his and our que .."time's up" for John. I would like to think McGee has learned a very hard lesson in all of this and there are people out there who probably will not vote for him next time around over this mess he created for himself.

  • parc posted at 11:03 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    parc Posts: 3

    Well, I didn't vote for him ever before and I certainly won't be voting for him now.

  • CuriousGeorge posted at 10:47 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    CuriousGeorge Posts: 73

    A fish rots from the head down? Possibly. Something certainly smells funny. Maybe we should be quoiting Marcellus. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".

  • alex52 posted at 8:47 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    alex52 Posts: 29

    Corrupt, arrogant, and power hungry.

  • loveskids posted at 7:42 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    loveskids Posts: 99

    Oops, my comment should say "advice", not "advise". I also have an extra "the". Sorry about the typos.

  • loveskids posted at 7:33 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    loveskids Posts: 99

    Excuse me? We will have to take him at his word that a concussion caused John to engage in criminal behavior? I'm afraid not. The mere fact that he refuses to corroborate his story tells us that it is a lie, and the that there is probably more that he is hiding.

    John, this will not go away. You need to come clean because the truth has a way of eventually coming out. Your buddies and fans are not giving you good advise. Do the right thing.

  • Gotter posted at 6:42 am on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    Gotter Posts: 13

    The point is John McFee has used extremely poor judgment in the past few months. He should have been honorable to Idaho and his family, and resigned his political posts. A still sadder situation is McGee does not hear the whispers that some that support him do so with motives of their own.

    The facts are:
    - John McGee stole a Ford Excursion and cargo trailer and drank so much that he was a danger to innocent people.

    - McGee allowed his attorney to mislead a judge and prosecutor, stating that McGee’s behavior was not only caused by drinking excess alcohol beverages, but claiming McGee suffered a concussion.

    - McGee’s arrogance was apparent when he joked about the SERIOUS situation and delayed a vote regarding the situation at the July 12 Republican Central Committee meeting.

    - And, as an elected official, McGee has not once explained to the voters or the press what happened that night!

    Slimy tools treat the political process as a game, not realizing that their “game" has a real and lasting impact on our children's future.


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