I can easily say I’m glad I didn’t share the pressure on Priscilla Giddings over the past six months. If you follow Idaho politics, you know that a committee of his peers in the state House of Representatives recommended censorship and the removal of a committee mission. That could happen for the White Bird Republican at a special session in November.
I have watched political campaigns for 50 years and professionally for almost 40 years and have not seen anything like what I did this weekend.
Although I am still not clear on all the details. Giddings was initially suspicious of an assertion made by a legislative volunteer. The intern claimed to have been raped by Republican Representative Aaron von Ehlinger last March. He was finally billed in september. At a legislative hearing last spring, the alleged victim testified. During the hearing, some of Giddings’ colleagues felt it was irrelevant. As I understood, Rep. Giddings wanted more details and wanted to believe von Ehlinger’s consensual relationship story. Both Republicans are military veterans.
Many of you also know that Giddings is running for lieutenant governor. What will be the impact of censorship on his campaign? A liberal newspaper columnist named Chuck Malloy fears this will make her stronger. He worries because he’s a liberal and doesn’t like Giddings.
Others like it very much. I have had feedback on his personal appearances. At this point, I thought the stories were overkill.
On Saturday she had a tent at the Liberty Festival in Twin Falls. I pulled up a chair and watched as it greeted a steady stream of visitors. A man burst into tears and congratulated the woman. Veterans shared their stories. Giddings served as an A-10 fighter pilot before entering politics. I have watched political campaigns for 50 years and professionally for almost 40 years and have not seen anything like what I did this weekend.
Giddings doesn’t need a majority. His current opponents include Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and former lawmaker Luke Malek. They are pursuing the same electoral bloc. It’s going to be a very exciting race for the May primary.
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