Tribune: Idaho Candidate Tossed From Media Event In Front of State Offices

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Gresham Bouma attempted to hold press conference outside of the offices of the Idaho Department of Labor and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Moscow.
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  • Gresham Bouma attempted to hold press conference outside of the offices of the Idaho Department of Labor and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Moscow.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the Republican Senate candidate for Idaho District 5 was "booted from the sidewalk" of a state office, where the candidate had planned to hold a media event.

Gresham Bouma said he had planned to address the economy and unemployment in front of the Moscow offices of the Idaho Department of Labor and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, but a representative from Health and Welfare complained about a political event on the property.

But Tim Hurst, Idaho's chief deputy secretary of state, told the Tribune that's not true.

"We have rallies on the Capitol steps (in Boise) all the time," Hurst told the Trib.

Even though the event was perfectly legal, the building's owner, Rick Beebe—who leases space to the departments of Labor and Health and Welfare—said he still thought the event was "rude" by inviting cameras to a location where individuals are coming in to discuss their unemployment.

"The main concern of our office manager (in Moscow) was the privacy and confidentiality of people who come there for services," Health and Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan told the Tribune. "We're just trying to be sensitive to their privacy."

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