The following Op-Ed was submitted by Dan Murphy. Note: Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
Ada County GOP District 19 Precinct Committee Chairwoman, Lynn Bradescu recently filed a complaint with the Governor’s, Attorney General’s and Secretary of State’s offices, to complain about Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin’s officer hours. Ms. Bradescu’s angst against the Lt. Governor was picked up by reporter Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capitol Sun, (published May 5) which in turn, gave the politically motivated hit piece to the Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune.
The deceitful story, “Idaho taxpayer files complaint over Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s limited office hours,” was an intentional attempt to smear Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin’s gubernatorial campaign, in hopes of furthering her candidate, Ed Humphreys. And Bradescu did it under the guise of an impartial “Idaho Taxpayer.”
Was Lynn Bradescu genuinely concerned, about the Lt. Governor’s office hours and this issue was keeping her up at night, or was it done because her deep rooted disdain against the Lt. Governor and her campaign? I believe it was the latter.
According to the Capitol Sun and Statesman, “Bradescu flagged a section of Idaho law that pertains to office hours for public officers in the state of Idaho.” TITLE 59, CHAPTER 10 was cited, “Unless otherwise provided by law, every officer must keep his office open for transaction of business from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day except upon Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and days upon the office closure is due to mandatory leave without pay,” the section of law reads.”
One of those, is a lunch hour, I’m sure.
But Bradescu and reporter Clark Corbin’s lack of education on the matter is on parade here. Because both of did not to their due diligence, or didn’t want to. Had they looked at TITLE 59, CHAPTER 5, they would have noticed that the Lt. Governor’s office is a part-time position, at 35-percent, of what other offices are. But their attempt to smear Janice McGeachin in the press took a back seat to common sense and decency.
TITLE 59, CHAPTER 5, plainly states: “Lieutenant governor, thirty-five percent (35%) of the governor’s compensation as provided for in this subsection, per annum;”
I visited with Brian Kane, the deputy in the Attorney General’s office on Friday, May 6 and inquired about Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin’s status as a part-time state office holder. Since the Lt. Governor’s salary is 35% percent of the Governor’s salary, Mr. Kane agreed the Lt. Governor’s position is part-time. So, I said, “That means there could be part-time hours also.” Deputy Kane concurred with that assessment, but added, the code was a bit vague.
Since the Lt. Governor’s office is a part-time office, especially during off-session, there are not many visitors. There are a small smattering of emails and phone calls, that get attended to – some I might add are hysterical, angry Ed Humphreys’ supporters complaining and harassing the Lt. Governor for not wanting to debate Ed, (for months) and most recently, calls and emails were in regard to Mr. Humphreys’ recent attack on the Lt. Governor, for his fictional video plagiarism accusation, where radio host Glenn Beck appeared.
The real math about the Lt. Governor’s office hours is quite simple:
• 35% of an eight-hour day is 2.8 hours; which equates to 14 hours a week
• There are 52 weeks, which equates from above, to 728 hours for the year
• During the 12 week legislative session when the Lt. Governor’s office was staffed full time, 480 hours were used up. That left 248 hours for the rest of the remaining 40 weeks when the legislature is not in session.
• 248 hours divided by 40 weeks left in the year – equals to 6.2 hours a week the Lt. Governor is responsible to staff her office, during the rest of the year.
• Bless the Lt. Governor’s heart: Her office is open for business eight hours a week. That’s more than enough required by state law, considering her 35-percent, in the TITLE 59, CHAPTER 5, of the Idaho Code.
Lynn Bradescu’s deliberate, political motivation, hit piece had nothing to do with the Lt. Governor’s hours, in reality. It was a fabricated attack to smear the Lt. Governor, pure and simple. This was her second bogus attempt to bring down Lt. Governor McGeachin’s good name and campaign in as many months.
On March 8, (again in the Capitol Sun) she penned an op-ed lambasting Janice McGeachin for sending a welcome video to American First Political Action Committee, (AFPAC). Her opinion piece was entitled, “As a conservative Republican, I’m deeply dismayed at lack of voices from GOP condemning McGeachin.” Truth be told, Lynn Bradescu is a part-time “author” for the Capitol Sun, according to a link on the website.
Had Ms. Bradescu made an appointment with Lt. Governor McGeachin and discussed her concern as two adults might have, she might have learned that the Lt. Governor made the welcome video as a favor to conservative pundit Michelle Malkin. Bradescu would have also learned that the Lt. Governor did not know of the few bad apples in the group. And naturally, the news reporting press in Idaho and Bradescu, jumped on the bandwagon to excoriate Janice McGeachin’s good name and character. And, they have not left that story alone. That’s because the fake news in Idaho, will take old stories, rehash then in their newer propaganda pieces. I can 100 percent attest Lt. Governor is no racist, or so-call white supremacist, as so many have labeled her.
Lynn Bradescu’s defamatory actions against the Lt. Governor goes against the tenets of ethical behavior of the Ada County GOP Central Committee because her tirade of other candidates during primary season is unacceptable – because she is an elected precinct committeewoman and district chairwoman also.
I have heard Idaho State GOP Party Chairman Tom Luna speak at numerous counties’ Lincoln Day events. His tone was simple: Support your candidate, don’t pick on other Republicans, because eventually, we’ll have to come together after the primary.
Bradescu’s and news organizations’ hit pieces against the Lt. Governor can be construed to some, including myself, as an attack and detrimental to our Idaho election integrity. That is because it is common knowledge that the Idaho news organizations has jumped on the anti-Janice McGeachin bandwagon. Such actions may also affect regular voters’ decisions because of the manipulation, and the negative press that is fomented against Lt. Governor McGeachin; and of course, with bald-face lies.
Added to that, as witnessed in the stories, the Capitol Sun and Statesman, give them cause to rehash old news, as part of the initial story. That’s what the Idaho news reporters do – they rehash old news detrimental to someone, in their latest propaganda pieces.
What’s better than a school of sharks circling their prey? Idaho’s fake news reporters and publications, sinking their teeth into a story where a Republican bashes and excoriates another Republican, for their own self-aggrandizement.
In a speech outside and on the capitol steps May 5th, during the National Day of Prayer, one fella exclaimed, “2,000 years ago, you Jesus Christ, showed us the way, through your living word. You taught us to love one another as you have loved us.”
Lynn Bradescu’s attempts to smear a fine woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and Lt. Governor goes beyond the bounds of love and moral decency.
I recommend Lynn Bradescu NOT be elected District 19 Chairwoman.
Note: Article referenced in Op-Ed – https://idahocapitalsun.com/2022/05/04/idaho-taxpayer-files-complaint-over-lt-gov-janice-mcgeachins-limited-office-hours/
Tags: Attorney General, Clark Corbin, Daniel Murphy, Ed Humphreys, Idaho Capitol Sun, Janice McGeachin, Lynn Bradescu