The following Press Release was sent out by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin:
NAMPA, Idaho — Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho, was the heavy favorite for the 2022 Republican nomination for governor among participants at the Boise Gun Show held June 5-6 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
A total of 233 attendees participated in the straw poll, asked to anonymously indicate support for incumbent Gov. Brad Little of Emmett, Lt. Gov. McGeachin of Idaho Falls, or local GOP activist Ed Humphreys of Boise.
McGeachin, a longtime defender of the Second Amendment and a known gun enthusiast, proved the overwhelming favorite among participants, winning over 90 percent of the votes cast with 217 votes. Little and Humphreys won the remainder, only 16 votes, combined.
“This overwhelming support from patriotic Idahoans at the Boise Gun Show is proof of how strong our campaign will be next year, regardless of who’s running,” McGeachin said. “Like the overwhelming majority of Idahoans, I cherish the Second Amendment, as recognized by my A+ rating from the NRA. As governor, I’ll fight any infringement of our 2nd Amendment rights, especially from the gun-grabbing, left-wing Biden/Harris administration in Washington, D.C.”
McGeachin has gained national media attention recently as a firebrand on individual liberty issues. As acting governor while Little was absent from the state, McGeachin last month issued an executive order banning mask mandates by local governments in schools and public buildings, saying the face-covering directives threatened Idahoans’ individual freedom to make their own decisions about their families’ health. Her actions were applauded by Idahoans whose appeals for relief had been ignored by school boards, local governments, the legislature, and even the governor. Little referred to the Executive Order as a “political stunt” while Humphreys chauvinistically called the Executive Order and repeal a “catfight.”
McGeachin has also convened a task force to investigate claims of “critical race theory” indoctrination in Idaho’s public schools, which has also drawn national attention. “I am not backing down,” McGeachin told Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson in a nationally broadcast interview June 3rd. Critical race theory is “threatening the very fabric of our conservative American values,” she said. (Video: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6257147988001#sp=show-clips )
McGeachin’s defense of the Second Amendment and opposition to mask mandates and critical race theory has propelled the Idaho Falls Republican into the spotlight not only among Idaho Republicans, but nationwide.
McGeachin is a small business owner and was elected Idaho’s first female lieutenant governor in 2018, after serving a decade in the Idaho House of Representatives, where she chaired the State Health and Welfare Committee and was a delegate for Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention and was the vice-chair of Trump’s Idaho campaign committee.
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