Once in a while, a sitting Governor needs to head out of state for something, so the Lieutenant Governor is put in charge.
Most of the time, the Lieutenant Governor just keeps the state running as usual and makes sure nothing catastrophic occurs while the Governor is out of town.
Well, the Governor of Idaho was in for a big surprise when the Lt. Governor took the reins while he was out of town.
Unconstitutional mask mandates are still a hot-button issue around the country, and many state leaders were left dumbfounded when the CDC announced masks were no longer needed for the vaccinated.
If they hadn’t already, the more conservative states tossed all mandates out the window, and some went as far as to put in legislation banning them entirely in all municipalities.
The Governors in the liberal states seemed caught off guard and unsure of what to do – some even doubled down on the tyrannical measures in hopes of continuing to control their people.
It appears in Idaho, a conservative state in its own right, the mask debate was still brewing, so the Lieutenant Governor decided to change that.
According to a report in The Blaze, “When Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) was out of state this week, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin (R) became acting governor in Little’s absence and took the opportunity to issue an executive order banning mask mandates in the state, including those imposed by local governments.”
A spokesperson for Governor Little said, “The Lt. Gov. did not make Governor Little aware of her executive order ahead of time.”
Lt. Governor McGeachin announced the move in a tweet stating, “Today, as acting Governor of the State of Idaho, I signed an Executive Order to protect the rights and liberties of individuals and businesses by prohibiting the state and its political subdivisions – including public schools – from imposing mask mandates in our state.”
Just last week, the Associated Press reported that McGeachin announced a bid for Governor herself and that current Governor Little has not yet announced whether he will seek a second term.
Looks like if Little decides he wants another shot at the Governor’s mansion, he will have some stiff competition.
McGeachin is considered to be on the far-right of the political spectrum, and this move could really solidify support for her in her run for Governor.
Some are calling the move nothing more than “political theater” given that Little never issued a state-wide mask mandate, but some localities and school districts in Idaho did have their own mask rules in place.
Whatever the move was, it just goes to show that you can’t be too careful who you put in charge when you’re out of town.
This clearly was a move by McGreachin to show her state that she really will stand up for the freedoms of all those in the state of Idaho.
Stay tuned to Conservative Underground News for any updates to this ongoing story.
UPDATE: In a move that is sure to irritate conservatives in Idaho, Governor Brad Little just rescinded the executive order.