Boise’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Ahead of Idaho’s May 17 Republican primary election, Gov. Brad Little confirmed to KTVB on Friday that he will not be participating in any debates for governor of the Gem State. According to Betsy Russell, the president of the Idaho Press Club, this is the first time in more than three decades that the sitting governor has refused to participate when running for re-election.
Little has drawn several Republican challengers, including far-right Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin. The governor and lieutenant governor in Idaho run on separate tickets. Also on Friday, GOP state Rep. Priscilla Giddings backed out of a debate for lieutenant governor. She says she believed reporters on a panel asking questions would be biased. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson has also declined to participate in statewide televised primary debates.
Read the full article. Since so many of the challengers are far-right QAnon nutbags, you can almost forgive them.
‘Non-debatable’: Idaho GOP Gov. Brad Little refuses to share debate stage with Trump-backed lieutenant gov. https://t.co/29OhHDAHol
— Anne (@Annefor2022) April 16, 2022
Idaho Gov. Brad Little won’t participate in debates ahead of primary https://t.co/AcWZKUQtKB
— KTVB.COM (@KTVB) April 15, 2022
Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin now says, “Yes, I did know who I was talking to” when she addressed the white nationalist AFPAC conference and she stands by it: “I’m not going to back off from the opportunity to talk to other conservatives … about America First policies.” pic.twitter.com/EcbL4onfLC
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 18, 2022