Monday, July 17, 2006
Brady calls out Risch
The following is a press release from Brady for Idaho Governor. I think that this release is impressive for the following reasons:
1. It shows that Jerry Brady can look beyond partisanship and see the real issues.
2. Jerry isn't overwhelmed with whether someone is Republican or Democrat, he wants someone who is qualified.
3. Jerry is a sportsman. He cares about hunting rights, and he wants the hunters of Idaho to be recognized.
Boise—Jerry Brady, Democratic candidate for Governor, directed a statement today at Governor Jim Risch, addressing the process Risch has used for recent Idaho Fish and Game Commission appointees.
On Monday, Risch appointed Democrat Robert C. Barowsky, former Payette County Sheriff, to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Southwest Region and on July 7, he appointed Republican Randall Budge of Pocatello as the Commissioner for the Southeast Region.
Barowsky’s nomination raised concerns among many who noted his limited qualifications. When questioned by the press on Monday, Barowsky admitted to not holding a hunting or fishing license and that he has not held any wildlife licenses since 1990. According to Wild Idaho News, Barowsky does not regularly attend Fish and Game meetings and is not up to speed on the issues.
Governor Jim Risch told the press that Barowsky “was the absolute best candidate.”
Brady does not agree. “Robert Barowsky’s career in Idaho law enforcement is impressive and admirable but does not qualify him to represent the hunting and fishing community,” Brady said. “If Mr. Barowsky had been appointed Drug Czar, that would have been fine, but now he’s in the wrong job, and he was chosen by the wrong process. This is not what’s best for our wildlife,” he said.
The issue for Brady is not a partisan one but is an issue of open process.
“It doesn’t matter to me if the appointee is a Democrat or a Republican,” Brady said. “What’s wrong here is that the sportsmen and women in Idaho have no voice.”
Brady has said that, if elected Governor, he will appoint Fish and Game Commissioners based not on politics, but on candidates endorsed by regional nominating committees composed of sportsmen and women.
“The Governor ought to be consulting with the people who buy the permits and licenses and the people who pay the fees to hunt and fish,” Brady said. “This is taxation without representation.”
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