BEDKE THE BULLY
IDAHO REPRESENTATIVES ARE TO HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL & TO SPEAK NO EVIL
By Donna Capurso
In a statement to the Spokesman Review on January 18th, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke stated that he was elected by his peers (fellow House of Representatives legislators) to be the House judge, jury and executioner. He also stated he will maintain a “minimum of decorum”, a “minimum of mutual respect” and a “minimum of civility” in the Idaho House of Representatives. With standards like this, it’s no wonder the Idaho House of Representatives is in a shambles and as Speaker of the House, Scott Bedke is a disgrace to the position and an embarrassment to We the People of Idaho.
The Idaho House has a set of rules which can be accessed here. I have read every one of these rules and I do not see anywhere in these rules that the Speaker of the House is authorized to be judge, jury, executioner, bully, oppressor, emperor, tyrant, tormentor, intimidator, persecutor, king, thug, ruffian, browbeater, harasser, dominator, sovereign, potentate, lord, hoodlum, gangster, ruler, malefactor, power abuser, Grand Poobah, or the all- powerful Wizard of Oz.
I am no psychologist but in my opinion, the Mayo Clinic’s description of a narcissistic personality appears to completely describe Scott Bedke as exhibited by his actions, words and deeds, that being: “Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
Bedke unabashedly uses his power as Speaker of the House to control the legislature through the use of threats, intimidation and/or favoritism, making it impossible for true, freedom loving legislators to do their jobs of representing their constituents. These are not the attributes of a true leader. Rep. Heather Scott is being punished for making a statement to a colleague in a private conversation. She did not stand up in front of the entire House to make her statement. Rep. Scott, like all Americans, has the right to freedom of speech as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Perhaps Bedke should crack open this awesome document and try reading it instead of trampling on it. Rep. Scott on the other hand took the high road and made an apology to the Republican Caucus:
January 18, 2017
REPRESENTATIVE HEATHER SCOTT SEEKS RECONCILLIATION
Asks House Leadership to work with all Representatives.
Representative Heather Scott issued the following statement ahead of today’s Republican Caucus Meeting.
“There is a pressing need for the House to bring about reconciliation that is badly needed and that, I trust, we all desire. Allowing the circumstances surrounding me to spin further out of control lnot serve the interests of the House or the people of Idaho. Our constituents deserve better than for us to continue being sidetracked by things that don’t affect them.”
“In retrospect, I should have chosen my words more carefully. I apologize, again, to every member of House and I commit to be more diligent in speaking in the voice and words of a statesman in all of my conversations. As part of our joint effort I hope the whole House can find ways to keep the sphere of offense from growing any further. As that sphere grows it will only create further division. That will serve no one. I have sought to apologize to several Representatives in personal meetings. I am prepared to meet privately with anyone who, like me, wants to reach full reconciliation.”
“From Speaker Bedke and the rest of Leadership, I request application of your best leadership skills to bring about the reconciliation that is needed. Please encourage every Representative to work to bring the House back into order so we can tend to our real business. Specifically, I ask that Leadership work with everyone to keep this whole thing from spinning further out of control.”
Bedke’s words speak volumes: “Apologies in my book include the following: I am sorry. What I did was wrong. What do I need to do to make it right? I will work with the offended to make it right.” His statement continued with: “Her careless words have impugned the morality and integrity of a lot of good people.”
At this point, the only morality and integrity that is in question is Speaker of the House Scott Bedke’s. Instead of addressing the issue of Rep. Christy Perry’s felonious and adulterous affair with Senator Jim Guthrie, and the possible misuse of Idaho taxpayer funds during their trysts, Bedke has awarded her with a chairmanship of the Local Government Committee and she is on the Health and Welfare Committee and the Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee. And, oh my, Bedke contributed $1,500 to Christy Perry last year. Is this a “relationship” that is simply symbiotic, i.e., you scratch my back (or whatever) and I’ll scratch yours, or does this corruption go much, much deeper???
It is obvious that Bedke is on a pathological vendetta against Rep. Heather Scott and it now appears that Majority Leader Mike Moyle has joined in the fray. You can read that article here, where Moyle told a group of about 30 students and parents touring the Capitol that in the next couple of weeks they would see a legislator “jettisoned” from the House. Really? Just how deep does the pond scum in the Idaho House of Representatives go? The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Things certainly haven’t changed, have they?
The Representatives in the Idaho House need to take control of a disturbed man manipulating them to the point that the only recourse for the Idaho House to become a place where the people of Idaho can respect those who are supposed to be representing them with honor and truth is to vote Bedke out of his position. Time will soon tell what our legislators are truly made of.