- Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin was elected in 2019.
- She has announced her intention to run for governor in 2022.
- Governor Brad Little, another Republican, is expected to run for office.
The Idaho National Guard chief rejected a request from the state’s lieutenant governor to deploy to the US-Mexico border, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin sought to activate the state’s militia as Idaho Gov. Brad Little was out of state touring the border himself, a move he made. denounced as a “political dress”. The two are expected to compete for the Republican nomination for governor in 2022.
“Before even leaving the state, the lieutenant governor shamelessly requested information from the adjutant general to deploy our national guard at the border,” Little said in A declaration Tuesday evening. He called the decision an “affront to the constitution of Idaho.”
In July, Little himself sent five soldiers from the state of Idaho at the US-Mexico border to help ban illegal drugs. He is currently in Texas with other Republican governors who have sought to blame the Biden administration for an increase in the number of migrant asylum seekers.
The border is not the only area where Little’s second-in-command has sought to overrun him from the right. On Twitter, McGeachin announced Tuesday that she had “corrected” an executive order from Little that prohibited Idaho government entities from requesting proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Under McGeachin’s order, public schools and universities would be prohibited from requiring vaccines or tests.
In May, she also banned mask warrants during Little’s absence – an order the governor soon reversed, calling it another “irresponsible and self-serving political coup.”
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