Capitol & State

You asked: Are GOP candidate’s big Boise election banners OK?

No election would be complete without campaign signs — or complaints about them. Given the outsize interest in next year’s state elections, both are popping up early.

A Statesman reader called in Monday to question a major new bloom of signage at the corner of Parkcenter and Park boulevards, where a new multi-tenant medical office building is going up. Wrapping around the high traffic corner are signs for Tommy Ahlquist, a Republican candidate for governor.

If somehow you miss them, well, you might need to rethink driving altogether.

The reader asked: Can Ahlquist do that? The short answer — in fact, the long answer, too: Yes.

The site is owned by Gardner Co., the real estate and development firm; Ahlquist is its chief operating officer. A campaign spokesman said similar signs are up at a few other Gardner properties. They aren’t third-party endorsements.

For the record, state law on putting up campaign signs requires only a property owner’s permission or, in the case of public property, that all candidates have access. Fair enough, although Ahlquist, against opponents Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador, might still have the advantage: He’s the tallest of the three.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @DentzerNews