May has not been one of Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart's better months.
On May 15, Hart lost the GOP primary for his District 2 seat to challenger Ed Morse, in effect putting a halt to his four terms in the Idaho House of Representatives.
And on May 30, it was revealed that Hart filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court, following his drawn-out battles surrounding unpaid state and federal income taxes, interest and penalties.
Hart listed three creditors in the Chapter 13 filing: the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Idaho State Tax Commission, and Anderson and Krieger, a California law firm.
April wasn't any better for Hart. He lost two legal challenges—one in federal court and another in the Idaho Supreme Court. On April 3, U.S. District Justice Edward Lodge ordered Hart to finish up final discovery and pre-trial motions so that he is prepared to defend himself in federal court on Tuesday, Nov. 6. On April 26, Idaho's high court rejected Hart's appeal over $53,000 in unpaid state taxes, interest and penalties.