Idaho legislative sessions typically produce a long list of things that never should have been said. Rep. Ron Mendive, a freshman Republican from Coeur dAlene, has set the bar high for foolish comments in the early going of this session.
Meeting with representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho on Wednesday, Mendive asked if the ACLUs support of abortion rights means it supports prostitution.
Huh? Thats like asking those who support gun rights if they also support murder, or those who support states rights if they also favor secession.
Rep. John Vander Woude of Meridian, the majority caucus chairman, backed away from Mendives comments, saying the example, in my opinion, was a poor choice. Mendive acknowledged later that maybe it was a poor illustration.
He should strike the word maybe. Strange comments will pass, but theres a lesson to be learned for this House rookie. He should think before he speaks. Unfortunately, some veteran legislators never learn that lesson.
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