Fringe contenders send Idaho governor debate viral - New York News

Fringe contenders send Idaho governor debate viral

Posted: Updated:
A pair of fringe contenders stole the show from Gov. Butch Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher, using their time to discuss Armageddon, discrimination against motorcycle clubs and problems with political correctness. Screengrab from idahoptv.org A pair of fringe contenders stole the show from Gov. Butch Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher, using their time to discuss Armageddon, discrimination against motorcycle clubs and problems with political correctness. Screengrab from idahoptv.org
  • Must Read HeadlinesMore>>

  • Beating the odds: paralyzed National Guardsman walks again

    Beating the odds: paralyzed National Guardsman walks again

    A man severed his spinal cord. In an MRI taken right after the accident, you can see his spinal column collapsed. Doctors say that people with these types of injuries rarely walk again.Eight weeks-ago, while training for an upcoming cage fight, Ryan Christiansen got hurt, taken down by an opponent.
    A man severed his spinal cord. In an MRI taken right after the accident, you can see his spinal column collapsed. Doctors say that people with these types of injuries rarely walk again.Eight weeks-ago, while training for an upcoming cage fight, Ryan Christiansen got hurt, taken down by an opponent.
  • Local business draws people from across U.S. to the Origami Owl jewelry convention

    Local business draws people from across U.S. to the Origami Owl jewelry convention

    There is a convention in Phoenix that has drawn thousands of people from across the country. They're here because of a local teen's dream. At 14 years-old, a Chandler girl started, a jewelry company called Origami Owl. Last year her company made $250 million.
    There is a convention in Phoenix that has drawn thousands of people from across the country. They're here because of a local teen's dream. At 14 years-old, a Chandler girl started, a jewelry company called Origami Owl. Last year her company made $250 million.
  • Woman Shot By Homeowner In Long Beach Was Not Pregnant

    Woman Shot By Homeowner In Long Beach Was Not Pregnant

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:24:48 GMT
    Coroner says Andrea Miller, shot by homeowner in Long Beach during burglary, was NOT pregnant.
    Coroner says Andrea Miller, shot by homeowner in Long Beach during burglary, was NOT pregnant.
By REBECCA BOONE
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho residents are used to politics that track from conservative to extreme, but a primary debate involving four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor was over the top even by Gem State standards.

A pair of fringe contenders stole the show from Gov. Butch Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher, using their time to discuss Armageddon, discrimination against motorcycle clubs and problems with political correctness.

The comments from Walt Bayes and Harley Brown during of the gubernatorial debate in the 39th most populated state in the nation didn't take long to spread far beyond Idaho borders.

"You might find this offensive, but I hit everybody - Jews, Polish people, Irish, Italians, religious jokes and black jokes," Brown said Wednesday night, responding to a question about bigoted jokes posted to his website. "I don't like political correctness. ... It sucks. It's bondage."

By Thursday, the website Gawker had posted a link with excerpts under the headline "I Can't Stop Watching This Bizarre Idaho Governor's Debate Video." The Washington Post took note in its widely-read political blog, The Fix, likening Bayes and Brown to Jimmy McMillan, who founded the Rent Is Too Damn High Party in New York. The Fox News website weighed in, saying the "eccentric candidates" made for a "strange Idaho gubernatorial debate."

Brown and Bayes, perennial candidates who receive little support, had the opportunity to steal the show thanks to Otter. The governor told Idaho Public Television officials that unless they were allowed to debate, he wouldn't participate either.

Fulcher supporters said the move was a stunt intended to avoid tough questions. Fulcher issued a statement Thursday evening, saying Idaho residents deserve better and that Otter set the state up for ridicule.

Bayes spent time criticizing the federal government as "a bunch of Eastern idiots" and boasting about killing a wolf that was classified as an Endangered Species at the time. He also promised to prohibit abortion, saying "if the Supreme Court goes to hell, I'm not following them."

For his part, Brown introduced himself by saying that at the low point of his life he was called by God to be commander in chief, following the statement with "don't think I'm crazy, because I'm not."

Voters will decide on the Idaho primary May 20.

Watch the full debate online: http://video.idahoptv.org/video/2365246970


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

    'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:54:59 GMT
    New York City NewsNew York City News
    A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.
    A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.
  • Kayakers breach New York's JFK airport security

    Kayakers breach New York's JFK airport security

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:46:29 GMT
    The tower at John F. Kennedy International AirportThe tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport
    Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a Kennedy Airport security perimeter.
    Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a security perimeter at New York's Kennedy Airport.
  • Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

    Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:32:05 GMT
    A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
    A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices