An op-ed column penned by a far-right member of the Idaho House, and reprinted in several Idaho newspapers, has triggered quite a bit of conversation. In her guest editorial,
titled "Is Idaho As Corrupt as D.C.?" Midvale Republican Rep. Judy Boyle, who was recently re-elected to her fourth term in the Idaho House, has particular ire for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. his staff, and a culture of what she calls "crony capitalism."
Boyle points to what she calls "a rigged contract" between the Idaho Education Networks of America and Qwest/CenturyLink to manage the state's education broadband network. Fourth District Court Judge Patrick Owen ruled
that the Idaho Department of Administration broke the state's procurement law when it struck the deal, voiding the contract in spite of the fact that Idaho has paid ENA millions of dollars since 2009.
"When it becomes illegal and corrupt, I must speak out," wrote Boyle. "Why did this occur? It is an example of crony capitalism, corruption, special favors for campaign donors, the Governor's staff moving to lobby and/or work for the very businesses receiving the contract or from those companies to the Governor's staff. It is back-slapping, good old boy networks, winks and nods, cover ups, denying involvement, blaming others, attacking those asking questions or with the courage to say the Emperor has no clothes."