Press-Tribune: 'Political Issue' Over Lodge's Canyon County Residence


In March, Boise Weekly sat down with seven-term District No. 11 Republican Sen. Patti Anne Lodge at the Idaho Statehouse to talk politics and how she loved to spend time among her prized cattle at her farm in the Canyon County town of Sunnyslope.

But this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that two Canyon County Republicans, Maurice Clements, who ran against Lodge in 2012, and Ethan Crisp, chairman of the Canyon County Young Republicans, are "questioning the validity" of her temporary residence outside of her district while she builds a new home on her Sunnyslope property.

Lodge told the Press-Tribune that she was prepared to put a mobile home on the Sunnyslope property during the construction, because a few people were making a "political issue" out of the situation.

"That's where my bills come, that's where I vote, that's my home," said Lodge.

Lodge and her husband, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge, have been living in Caldwell, which is in District 10, since the construction began but Lodge said that there have been numerous delays in the construction project.

Lodge told the Press-Tribune that she would talk about her situation at the next meeting of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee Tuesday, Sept. 17.