Primary Challenger Emerges Against Idaho Attorney General Who Opposed Texas Election Integrity Lawsuit
Idaho attorney general candidate Art Macomber is attempting to take out rival Lawrence Wasden in next year’s primary battle.
Wasden is the incumbent AG who angered Republicans greatly when he refused to sign on to the Texas election integrity lawsuit, essentially acquiescing to allegations of voter fraud and refusing to do anything to stop it.
“This decision is necessary to protect Idaho’s sovereignty. As Attorney General, I have significant concerns about supporting a legal argument that could result in other states litigating against legal decisions made by Idaho’s legislature and governor. Idaho is a sovereign state and should be free to govern itself without interference from any other state. Likewise, Idaho should respect the sovereignty of its sister states,” Wasden said in Dec. 2020 about his decision not to support Texas AG Ken Paxton’s lawsuit.
Macomber appeared on Big League Politics Live to discuss Wasden’s many errors in interpreting the Constitution.
“I wrote him a letter requesting that he get involved. Unfortunately, the very same thing happened in Idaho. The election rules were changed at the last minute in May of 2020. And so, Idaho might not have looked so good. It might have been the pot calling the kettle black,” Macomber explained.
“We need the AG to step up and defend Idaho, and that’s not happening. Idaho’s legislature clearly gets to set the electoral rules. And the Constitution says that’s the case. Now, Texas sued Pennsylvania. And the question is: Why wouldn’t Texas have standing? Of course, the Supreme Court said they didn’t. But who would enforce that section of the Constitution if the state could not. That’s a question that I don’t understand,” he continued.
“But yes, I would have jumped right into that. I would have joined Texas in that lawsuit. I think it was a good lawsuit. It was a proper lawsuit, and it should have moved forward. And if we had a fighting AG, they’d be out there doing it,” Macomber added.
Wasden has become so reviled by the Idaho GOP that the Republican legislature is attempting to defund his office right now. Macomber hopes that he can restore much-needed prestige to the office.
“In Idaho, it’s a pretty simple state. We don’t need a lot of babysitting. We don’t need a lot of handholding. We just need people to follow our Constitution, and then get out of the way, and let us live our lives. That’s what Idaho’s all about, and that’s what I’m going to do as attorney general is work to get the government out of the way,” he said.
The full BLP Live episode featuring Macomber can be accessed here.