Rex Rammell 'Gives Up on Idaho,' Leaving State

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Rex Rammell, unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate, Idaho governor and the Idaho Legislature, and who once joked that Idaho should sell "Obama tags" to hunters, has said he's leaving the Gem State.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Rammell said he plans to move to Torrington, Wyo., next week, when he takes a new veterinary job at the Torrington Livestock Auction. Rammell made the announcement shortly after having four misdemeanor Fish and Game charges dismissed in Idaho County. Rammell had been accused of hunting with a suspended license. He had previously been convicted in 2011 of poaching an elk in Bonneville County.

"If I do anything with politics, it won't be in Idaho," Rammell told the Tribune. "I've kind of given up on Idaho, to be right honest with you."

Rammell had recently moved from eastern Idaho to Idaho County, one of the only two counties in Idaho that supported his 2010 run for governor.

"I just can't justify staying in idaho County or Idaho when the economy is as bad as it is and not enough people want to change it," Rammell told the Tribune. "The majority seem to be happy with it, so they can suffer. I've done my best to bring the problems to everybody's attention. I tried to change the Fish and Game in Idaho, and if there's any change, it will be through my lawsuits."

Rammell conceded that it "was probably a good thing" that he was not elected to the Idaho Legislature.

"I would have been frustrated going down there," Rammell told the Tribune. "And I probably wouldn't have accomplished anything."

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