Rep flubs Rosa Parks reference in exchange debate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane erroneously singled out the U.S. government for criticism by employing a segregation-era hero to help him bash the state-based insurance exchange.
The Idaho Statesman reports the Nampa Republican Wednesday said Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus came after "one little lady got tired of the federal government telling her what to do."
But Parks wasn't defying the federal government.
She was defying a municipal code.
A day later, Crane acknowledged he might have erred.
Crane, the No. 3 House leader, was active in Wednesday's debate.
He was also admonished by House Speaker Scott Bedke for inappropriate comments to Minority Leader John Rusche of Lewiston jabbing at Democrats' minority status in the Legislature.