The AP is reporting that Idaho Senate Republican Caucus Chairman John McGee of Caldwell resigned Wednesday, ending a promising political career that once held prospects of higher office, including Congress and governor.

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, Majority Leader Bart Davis, and Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder announced the charges come in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment of a Senate attache.

The harassment charges are being investigated by the Idaho Attorney General.

Gov. Butch Otter’s office confirmed the resignation Wednesday afternoon, shortly before McGee’s former GOP Senate colleagues met in a private caucus beginning at 3:30 p.m. The group remained behind closed doors at 4 p.m., but leadership said it would hold a press conference after the meeting.

McGee was absent from the Senate Wednesday, missing a vote on a wolf-hunting bill that died on a 17-17 vote.

Last Father’s Day, he was arrested for DUI and a felony charge for stealing an SUV and crashing it in a driveway near his parents’ home in Meridian.

More tomorrow morning at 5:30 on AM Idaho with Kelly Klaas.


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