Ammon Bundy set up for press conference

Ammon Bundy, second from right, and supporters set up for a press conference on the steps of the Idaho state Capitol in Boise on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Ammon Bundy held a press conference on the Capitol steps this afternoon after filing as an independent to run for governor. With about 20 supporters murmuring “yes” and “that’s true,” he decried “deception” from incumbent GOP Gov. Brad Little, saying, “He did not keep Idaho open,” and leveled criticisms at the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. “If Idaho was not shut down … why was a mother arrested for taking her children for the park?” Bundy asked.

Meridian mom Sara Walton Brady was arrested at her own request as part of a planned protest at a closed Meridian park in April 2020, after which Bundy, an anti-government activist, joined supporters to protest at the home of the local police officer who made the arrest.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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