August 30, 2021

Art Macomber, candidate for Idaho Attorney General (Photo Credit: Macomber for AG, FB)

Art Macomber is running for Idaho Attorney General.  Campaigning last week in Pocatello, he took some time to sit down with the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer (Observer) for a brief interview.  Here is the result:

Observer

Let’s start with the podcast you were on that generated a bit of controversy on social media.  In an interview with Idaho Speaks (Art Macomber Discusses Gubernatorial Emergency Powers – Idaho Speaks) you made a statement, discussing Governor Little’s emergency order, that seemed to indicate that if the governor did not end the state of emergency you were calling for the militia or private citizens to close the borders of Idaho and to prevent illegal aliens and/or those with COVID from entering the state.  Can you clarify your position?

 

Macomber

That was not a serious proposal.  It was a hyperbole, and I was using it to highlight the absurdity of maintaining the emergency order.  The idea that people thought I was serious shows just how angry people are with the emergency order.  What the governor should do is end the state of emergency.  The absurdity is that the state of emergency is still in effect.  Closing the borders is not something that would happen, because the Governor knows this is not a serious emergency.

Observer

Okay, lets pivot to what we can expect from you should you be elected.  As Attorney General, would you have joined the Texas state lawsuit for election fraud to the Supreme Court?

 

Macomber

Yes, I would have joined.  The U.S. Supreme Court said that Texas did not have standing.  So, the question is, who would have standing?  The Texas A.G. filed, and I believe that the Texas State Legislature may have had standing, and the Pennsylvania State legislature would almost certainly have standing.  Perhaps the voters have standing.  The U.S. Supreme Court should have requested the defendant State Legislatures to join the lawsuit to help overcome the standing question.  As AG, I would have requested they be joined to the suit.

Observer

What are your thoughts on the recent court ruling forcing the turning over of names and contact information of people submitting comments to the Indoctrination Task Force that was formed by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin?

Macomber

From my knowledge of the case, the people submitting statements to the Indoctrination Task Force are whistleblowers.  Their names should not have been, nor should they be disclosed as a matter of Idaho law.  If their names aren’t protected, you can expect the Idaho teacher’s union and their allies are going to use this to dox those who spoke out.

Observer

What would you do to prevent corporations from requiring mask/vaccine mandates?

Macomber

I would ask the legislature to make a policy that anyone’s decision to take the shot or not is a personal medical decision.  Businesses are discriminating by requiring these shots, because of a presumed medical condition, not an employees actual medical condition.  Either way, they should not be requiring a vaccination, but should respect employee’s personal or religious objections to certain medical procedures.  Masks, likewise, should not be mandated.  These are matters of personal freedom and should not be abridged by third parties.

Observer

What steps would you take to prevent Federal actions to take away citizen rights?

 

Macomber

There are two powers of A.G.’s with respect to the rights of citizens.  The first is to join with other A.G.’s in pushing back against federal overreach.  The second is to file a lawsuit against the entities that are abridging those rights.

Observer

Okay, what about actions that might be taken by state and local agencies that infringe on citizen rights?

Macomber

Reading from Title 67, Section 1401, Idaho Code, sub. 15, says it’s the duty of the A.G. to step in and preserve the rights of Idahoans.

Consider the current issue with hospitals.  Hospitals really are a quasi-public entity because they take so much federal money.  When they ask workers to take the shot, they are acting as agents of the State, and that should not be allowed.

Observer

Is there another important issue you’d like to address?

Macomber

One very important issue has to do with how the Idaho legislature currently obtains legal advice.  

The legislature is charged with making law in Idaho for submission to the Governor for approval and addition to our statutes.  However, the Idaho legislature has no independent legal counsel to advise it when making the laws.  Idaho’S legislature should have its own in-house legal counsel.

As AG, I would propose that the positions normally supplying advice and counsel to the legislature from the AG’s office should be cut from the AG’s budget, and positions needed by the legislature should be allocated to it.  Appropriations should be made to assure Idaho’s lawmakers have their own legal counsel.  This will avoid conflicts of interest and assure a check on separation of powers violations.

Editor’s Note:  You can learn more about Macomber and follow his run for Idaho Attorney General on his campaign Facebook page, here:  Macomber4Idaho, FB

 

 

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