The following Press Release was sent out by Ammon Bundy, a gubernatorial candidate. Note: Press Releases sent out by candidates does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch. Additionally, a portion of the Press Release contained an allegation against former Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett which Idaho Dispatch has not corroborated, and because the allegation has criminal implications, it was removed. You can read Bundy’s full Press Release here.
Yesterday afternoon a radio talk show host announced (on the air) that Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin and I had made a deal, I would not run in the Republican primary and endorse her and if she did not win the Republican primary she in return would endorse me as an Independent candidate running against Brad Little in November. Although this is an intriguing idea, the fact of the matter is, Janice McGeachin and I never made any agreement to endorse each other. In the future this radio host should think twice about running with information he gets from that source. His show yesterday was an exhibit of lazy and tabloid journalism.
Because of the corrupt and wicked state of the Idaho Republican Party establishment I have considered several times of un-affiliating myself with the party and running as an Independent candidate. However, I find myself in a conundrum. The Republican Party platform is the platform I stand behind but the Republican establishment in Idaho is full of filth and corruption and they refuse to put forth the party platform.
In the last few years the Idaho Republican Party members have witnessed the arrest of their Party Chairman Jonathan Parker for wearing a wig and masturbating in public, Senator Mike Crapo arrested for DUI, up and coming party star Representative Greg Cheney arrested for physically abusing his wife and threatening to kill himself with a knife in front of his young children, former Governor Butch Otter arrested for driving drunk, Senator Fred Martin investigated for going into high school girl’s bathrooms – twice, and Senator Larry Craig arrested for soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom. Just to mention a few, all Idaho Republican leaders. On top of this the Idaho Republican establishment lead by Brad Little have put forth liberal, Democrat policies like increased welfare, meanwhile shoving the Republican Party platform of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and ending abortion in the garbage.
Therefore, I am announcing that I will not be running in the Republican primary and instead will run as an Independent candidate. I am certain that by unifying Idahoans behind the actual Republican platform we can take back control of the Idaho government and restore the conservative values that have made Idaho such a great place to live.
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