2006 was a very good year for Idaho State Senator John McGee because that was the year that he received a couple of highly prestigious honors. In was in 2006 that the young man (in his early thirties) was named Idaho Republican State Legislator of the Year - and - Idaho's Young Republican of the Year. The political future of Senator McGee appeared to be very bright indeed.
But things changed dramatically a couple of nights ago when the up-and-coming state senator was found drunk and passed out in the back seat of a vehicle that he had stolen - a vehicle that was pulling a 20' trailer. Apparently the senator had been drinking most of the evening at the watering hole of a local country club. He left, on foot, about two in the morning, and was next seen by a couple of young boys walking around the yard of a stranger's home (barefoot) where he had jack-knifed the stolen Ford Excursion and trailer.
Senator McGee allegedly told authorities that he was on his way to Jackpot, Nevada, a town 180 miles southeast of Boise that is known for (surprisingly!) gambling. He told the owner of the property where he was arrested, a volunteer county jail chaplain, that he was looking for the "Promised Land!"
When he saw the chaplain's wife step out onto the front porch in her bathrobe, he reportedly said, "Look, there's an angel." It was at that point that the homeowners called the police.
The senator's escapade launched him into the big time. The next evening Jay Leno cited the incident during his monologue, and then after referring to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Anthony Weiner in the same bit, Leno went on to postulate: "What is this, spring break for politicians?"
Senator McGee serves from his hometown of Caldwell, Idaho, in the southwestern quadrant of the state very near the capital of Boise. He is currently the Chairman of the Republican Caucus in the State Senate and the head of the Transportation Committee. It would appear that plans to progress beyond those august levels of leadership may be currently on hold.