Meet John McGee, one of the rising stars of the Idaho Rushpubliscum Party.
John is (at least right now) the Chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Rushpubliscum Caucus. He’s also the youngest member of the Idaho Senate!
Let’s visit with John for a minute, to hear about him in his own words.
As the youngest member of the Senate, Senator McGee is a strong advocate for improving Idaho’s roads and bridges and growing a strong economy in Idaho by focusing on opportunities to grow and diversify both small and large business development.
Senator McGee currently serves Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and most recently chaired the Treasure Valley Transportation Task Force. During his first term, McGee successfully carried the largest transportation funding bill in Idaho history. He also sits on the Agriculture and Health and Welfare Committees. McGee was elected by his peers to serve on the important Legislative Council and was named the 2006 Idaho State Republican Legislator of the Year. McGee was named a Council of State Governments Toll Fellow in 2007.
Senator McGee is active in his community as the Chairman of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee, the United Way of Treasure Valley and the 2009 International Special Olympics. McGee is a member of the Caldwell Rotary Club and is the Chairman of the Regional Substance Abuse Authority Legislative Committee. Senator McGee serves his alma mater, the College of Idaho, as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Senator McGee has received many awards from local and state organizations, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Agriculture Educators, the Idaho Agricultural All Star Award (2005-2009), the COMPASS Leadership in Motion Award, the 2009 Transportation Leader of the Year from Treasure Valley Women in Transportation, and the Friend of Community Healthcare Centers by the Idaho Primary Care Association.
A life-long resident of Caldwell, Senator McGee is a graduate of Vallivue High School and received a BA in History from the College of Idaho; he was elected student body president at both institutions. McGee and his wife, Hanna, live in Caldwell with their daughter, Madalyn.
This here is a hell of a guy, ain’t he? Just look at all of his accomplishments in the Idaho Rushpubliscum Party.
But there’s one accomplishment that his page doesn’t mention. Due to John’s activities last night, he’s managed to land himself a brand new mailing address.
These days, you’ll have to talk to a jailer to contact John directly, unless you’d like to wait for arraignment.
It appears golden boy John is a drunken thief. A Rushpubliscum hypocrite. Honest! Yeah, I was all shocked too.
Idaho Senate GOP Caucus Chairman John McGee was arrested early Sunday after police say he took a Ford Excursion and cargo trailer from the Boise-area home of a “complete stranger” and a blood-alcohol test showed the four-term lawmaker had been drinking.
The 38-year-old McGee, who represents Caldwell, was taken into custody by police on suspicion of felony grand theft and misdemeanor driving under the influence, authorities said. Officials said a breath test found he had a blood-alcohol content of .15, nearly twice the Idaho state limit. He was booked into the Ada County Jail at about 4:30 a.m.
Lt. Kody Aldrich told The Associated Press that McGee did not know the owner of the SUV and trailer, which became stuck as he backed into a neighbor’s yard southwest of Boise. It was also unclear why McGee was in the Boise area in Ada County.
“Nobody knows why he was there,” Aldrich said. “It doesn’t sound like he did either.”
Aldrich said McGee told officers he was on his way to Jackpot, Nev.
Aldrich said the vehicle owner reported typically leaving the keys in the unlocked vehicle.
Because McGee faces a potential felony charge, he will be held in jail until he goes before a judge, Aldrich said. The lawmaker’s first court appearance is scheduled for Monday afternoon in 4th District Court.
Messages left by The Associated Press at McGee’s home and cell phone were not returned Sunday.
KTVB-TV first reported the arrest of the Idaho lawmaker who is in his fourth term representing district 10 in Canyon County.
Idaho Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, expressed support for McGee and said the immediate concern is for his colleague and his family.
“We feel really bad about the situation and how it may affect his wife and family,” Hill, the GOP leader of the Senate, told the AP Sunday. “Our concerns right now are to help him and his family out any way we can. We just want to make sure things work out for John and his family.”
In the last Legislative session, McGee supported Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s “Hire one Act” that offers employers tax credits as a way to encourage them to add more workers. McGee also supported a bonds-for-highways plan called “Connecting Idaho” intended to maintain Idaho’s roads and bridges.
Also last session he introduced a bill requiring underage drivers to take safety training as part of a compromise to fend off road closures and maintain public access following a U.S. Forest Service plan to close some roads to all-terrain vehicles amid safety concerns over underage drivers.
McGee also supported a measure giving immunity from lawsuits to doctors who recommend that a patient’s driver’s license be revoked, arguing doctors must be allowed to recommend drastic action without fear of legal repercussions. McGee also supported legislation to ban texting while driving.
Yeah, McGee is all about highway safety. Except when he isn’t.
I don’t know about you, but by the time I was 38 I didn’t have any urge to steal cars. And if I HAD wanted to steal a car, I damn sure wouldn’t steal one with a trailer attached. It appears to me that John isn’t just a drunk. He’s also an idiot.
The people worried about John’s family are right to be worried. If the wife and kid are depending on this drunken moron to take care of them, they are in a world of shit.