Idaho’s uber-crackpot Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin took advantage of the actual governor being away at a conference to unilaterally change the law to suit her own COVID Troofer preferences. Her order was quickly repealed once Little returned:
Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday repealed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s executive order to ban mask mandates, a move the governor called a “self-serving political stunt” that amounted to “tyranny.”
Little’s office announced the reversal Friday morning. His executive order moves to “restore local control” and allow local jurisdictions to determine their own mask policies. Idaho does not have a statewide mask mandate.
“The action that took place was an irresponsible, self-serving political stunt,” Little said in a press release.
“Taking the earliest opportunity to act solitarily on a highly politicized, polarizing issue without conferring with local jurisdictions, legislators and the sitting governor is, simply put, an abuse of power,” he added. “This kind of over-the-top executive action amounts to tyranny — something we all oppose.”
Of course, the point was not to change policy but to establish her Trumpian bona fides in such critical areas as “lawlessness” and “opposition to basic scientific knowledge” and “utter indifference to human life” to set up her campaign for governor, and I suspect it will do that quite effectively.