John McGee Has Resigned Over Sexual Harrassment Allegations

UPDATED 8:50 a.m. 12/24/12

Crossposted on Daily Kos

At about 3:00 p.m. I received a note from an offical at the statehouse with the words above.

He told me that a press conference was coming shortly.

Dustin Hurst of the Idaho Reporter is "reporting that Senator JOHN McGEE is resigning." A Press Conference was called at 3:30 p.m.

I had written blogs including Is the Media Drinking the Party Line on John McGee? last July.

And Boise's Channel 2 confirmed that the sexual harrassment allegations were by a female staffer.

Here is the story on KTVB.

BOISE -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says Senator John McGee has submitted a letter to resign from the Idaho Legislature. Otter told The Associated Press that McGee, a four-term senator from Caldwell, submitted the letter Wednesday morning.

McGee had been the caucus chairman, the fourth ranking post in the Senate.

The resignation caps a difficult year for McGee. He was arrested in June and a month later pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a deal that erased accompanying auto theft charges. He served jail time and paid restitution for damaging the vehicle. At the start of the 2012 session, McGee apologized to his colleagues for his actions and survived efforts calling for him to step down from his leadership post.

According to the Idaho Statesman:

McGee resigned Wednesday after allegations of sexual harassment involving a Senate attache who is not a minor, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said. The attorney general is reviewing the case, Hill said.

On Saturday, Hill said he received a confidential allegation of sexual harassment from a female Senate employee. He said he asked the Senate secretary to investigate the allegation. The employee is on paid leave. Hill did not say what the alleged harassment was or when it occurred.

Hill said his first priority is providing, “a safe, secure and professional environment for Senate employees.”

Since the Idaho GOP chose to "Stand by Their Man" after he got drunk, stole a car, and wrecked it -- the story now reads like a tragic comedy. And it was a woman, after all, who finally took him out!

According to KTVB.com, McGee is ... "still the chairman of the Canyon County Republican Party. Vice-chair Steve Kren said he has made several attempts to talk to McGee, but has not heard back from him. No word yet on whether McGee plans to resign his position. NewsChannel 7 also tried to contact McGee, but he has not returned our phone calls."

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Fixored leglive SITE link

LegLive index, but that doesn't tell us where to look. Senate shows "adjourned," something else going on in the auditorium at the moment

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KTVB

John McGee resigns from Idaho Senate, from KTVB.

and it is also on KBOI right now.

Larry Grant Responds

The Idaho Democratic Party Chair said:

It is with sadness when the state receives the resignation of any public official who has been accused of violating the public’s trust. The departure of Sen. John McGee, who resigned today amid allegations of sexual harassment, is appropriate. The veracity of the claim against McGee is yet to be fully evaluated. However, he has already provided high-profile proof of his lack of judgement with his arrest over the summer of drunk driving, stealing a vehicle and questionable claims on his legislative per diem payments.

Larry Grant, Chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party said, “For the sake of the Senate, we are thankful that McGee has stepped down today. I am glad that GOP leadership has finally accepted that something must be done to turn around the culture that has rooted itself in the Statehouse.”

McGee’s departure today should be a cause for reflection by all Idahoans. Idahoans should ask themselves if the GOP controlled Legislature is going in the right direction and does the culture of this Legislature represent the values of our people?