I’ve mentioned before that Ammon Bundy is nothing like the news media caricature. He’s now running as an independent candidate for Governor of Idaho, having dropped out of the Republican primary.  He spent some time with Magic Valley This Morning on Newsradio 96.1 and 1310 KLIX.  This was his first visit with us since he made the campaign change.  No matter the outcome of the primary, he’ll still be among the last candidates standing when the General Election rolls around in November.

I say he’s not like the media portrayal.  What I would say is he’s very well-versed in issues and has done a considerable amount of research. You can listen to our discussion by clicking here.

One surprise for me today was an observation about incumbent Governor Brad Little.  Had Little not responded to COVID with emergency orders (still in place), Bundy wouldn’t have made the challenge.  I think a lot of us feel the same way.  Had our Republican leader had more of a DeSantis approach, we would be comfortable seeing him in office for another four years.

Bundy and I spoke about school choice, the cost of fertilizer, the federal occupation of state lands, and eliminating property taxes.

He does expect Little will win the May Republican Primary.  It would leave a three-way race (excluding minor party candidates) between Bundy, Little, and Democrat Shelby Rognstad.  The latter is the long-time Mayor of Sandpoint.

Bundy also endorsed former U.S. Representative Raul Labrador for State Attorney General.  Labrador is involved in a three-way primary.  Primary Day is in May.

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