Idaho Republicans vote to keep Senator McGee in his leadership position
Idaho Senate officials say Republican Sen. John McGee will keep his position as caucus chairman, the fourth highest ranking post in the GOP controlled chamber.
Republican senators met behind closed doors in the Idaho Capitol Wednesday to determine if McGee should retain his leadership post. Last year, McGee pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a plea deal after being arrested in a Boise neighborhood.
The Caldwell Republican has apologized for his behavior and is aware of the disappointment expressed by his senate colleagues.
The private meeting was the first chance McGee had since his arrest to address all of his senate colleagues, seek forgiveness and make a case to keep his job as caucus chairman.
The Caldwell lawmaker pleaded guilty to drunken driving in July after taking a car without permission.
The 38-year-old senator has apologized for his actions, and at one point his lawyer said his erratic behavior the night of his arrest was due to a concussion. But he has rejected requests to release his medical records.
McGee also drew criticism last year after The Associated Press reported he claimed a $122 per diem during the 2011 Legislature -- despite spending most nights in Boise.
Most Boise lawmakers claim a $49 per diem. This year, McGee is claiming just $49.
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