WOOD (Idaho statesman– As Idaho’s primary races continue to escalate for next year, former President Donald Trump has weighed in on who he thinks should lead the Gem state.
In an email from Trump’s Political Action Committee, the former president announced his endorsement of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, with Trump calling McGeachin “a true supporter of MAGA from the very beginning.”
McGeachin responded to the Twitter approval, thanking Trump – who lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden but continued to make baseless fraud allegations – for his support.
“It is a great honor to receive the approval of the greatest president of our life,” she tweeted. “Lots more to come from both of us to bring America First back to Idaho.”
It is a great honor to receive the approval of the greatest president of our life. President Trump is a real fighter for America and I am a real fighter for Idaho. Much more to come from both of us to bring America First back to Idaho. Stay tuned! #idpol #MAGA pic.twitter.com/1jahvCALKM
– Janice McGeachin (@JaniceMcGeachin) November 10, 2021
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The approval comes days after a post from Governor Brad Little’s Facebook page showed a photo of the governor recognized by Trump at an event in Florida. Spokeswoman Marissa Morrison Hyer said Little was in Florida to attend the America First Policy Institute gala, according to previous Idaho Statesman reports.
“I give Janice McGeachin my full and utter approval to be the next governor of Idaho,” Trump’s statement read Tuesday. “She will make a fantastic governor and will never let you down!”
On the same day Little was in Florida, McGeachin complained that she was not told he had left the state, which she said was a violation of the law. In a letter sent last Friday to Alex Adams, head of Little’s financial management division, she also asked how much she should be paid while she is acting governor when Little is away.
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Since declaring her candidacy for the 2022 gubernatorial nomination, McGeachin has issued numerous executive orders while serving as interim governor when Little was out of state – only to have him overturn. decrees, often while launching a scathing response.
Little did not officially declare a candidate in 2022, but raised nearly $ 600,000 for a re-election campaign. Idaho’s primary elections will be held on May 17.
In May, McGeachin attempted to ban mask warrants while Little was in Nashville, Tennessee, for a conference for the Republican Governors Association. Last month McGeachin issued an executive order banning “vaccine passports,” although Little had already issued a similar executive order in April.
However, McGeachin’s order also provided that all state agencies, including K-12 schools and public universities, could not require proof of a coronavirus vaccine or require testing. McGeachin issued the order while Little was on the US-Mexico border in Texas.
McGeachin’s repeated executive orders have drawn criticism from members of his own party – including Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who is running for lieutenant governor and has called his antics “political theater” in may.