Earlier today, Governor Brad Little heavily criticized the Idaho legislature for seeking to end the emergency order in Idaho.
Little specifically mentioned the Idaho House in his address. He said that ending the order would jeopardize Idahoan’s lives.
In his closing remark, Little asked Idahoans to contact their legislators and tell them to stop the efforts to end the emergency order.
Now, legislators and other organizations are responding to Little’s speech.
The Idaho House Republican Caucus sent out the following message:
Members of the House Republican Caucus will continue to work to address the concerns of the Idaho families whom they represent. The inflammatory comments from the Governor’s office do nothing but complicate the process. The life-altering concerns revolving around the COVID-19 emergency continue to be in the front of our minds. Our members are working on various forms of legislation to help the state on its road to the recovery that Idahoans have been demanding for months and we call on the Governor to work with us in this process.
In addition to the House Republican Caucus response, a number of other Republican lawmakers responded to Little’s address.
Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) send Idaho Dispatch the following response:
The legislature represents the people. The people want the emergency to end and they demand transparency. Our job as elected representatives is to do the will of the people, and we also would appreciate respect, transparency, and honesty from the executive branch.
Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) has this to say,
Today the governor of this state vicariously came after the citizens of Idaho by attacking their elected representatives. The governor could end the stay healthy order today. Then our lives will return to normal. The disconnect between the hardworking people of the state of Idaho and the governor was clear. Additionally, every citizen of this state respects the National Guard members who serve with distinction. For the governor to use them as a political pawn is reprehensible.
The good people of this state are tired of having loved ones die without the comfort of their family. Our youth are having to participate in life events without many of their family members being there to watch and participate. Weddings, births, funerals, family reunions, and many other events have been marred by the order limiting gatherings. The right to worship as we see fit has been impeded. Small businesses have been ruined.
We are being turned into a welfare state of CARES relief money, rather than stepping aside and letting people work and be self-sufficient. I have followed the numbers closely. The numbers of deaths in this state are no higher than any normal year. The recovery rate from this virus is 98%. Again, the responsibility for ending the ‘stay healthy order is directly the responsibility of the Governor.
Our people are done. It is time for the Governor to step aside and let us live our lives, as God intended.
Rep. Ron Nate told Idaho Dispatch,
I think it’s important to realize that Idaho may be at the point, or beyond the point where the cure is becoming worse than the disease. We need to get Idaho working again. Kids need to be going to school again. We need to be attending sporting events. We have other important priorities like reducing taxes, meeting education needs, and doing what’s best for Idaho’s families and businesses.
The Idaho Freedom Foundation also posted this video from their President, Wayne Hoffman, in response to the governor:
Not everyone was critical of the governor’s address, however.
Rep. Lauren Necochea (D-Boise) tweeted support for Little’s address:
The Idaho Democrat Party posted the following tweets on Twitter supporting the Governor’s criticism of the Idaho legislature.
In particular, the Idaho Democrats took aim at “extremism and misinformation” in the Republican Party:
A group called the “The Idaho 97%” also posted a message on Facebook supporting Little’s speech.
Here is what the post said,
We support Governor Brad Little in his efforts to keep Idahoans safe. The Idaho legislature is not only playing a shameful game, it’s extremist members are outright lying to the public in a power grab that is not in Idahoans best interests. We encourage every Idahoan to contact their legislators and demand that they abandon this ill-advised course of action. The consequences – both intended and unintended – could be disastrous for Idaho, it’s citizens, and our economy.
Idaho Dispatch did reach out to most of the members of House and Senate leadership from both parties for a quote. Other than the House Republican Caucus statement we posted above, we have not yet received additional responses.
What do you think of the responses to Little’s address by these legislators and groups?
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