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Guest Post: Boise City Councilman to Run for Senate?

April 30th, 2007 by Halli

From Bryan Fischer of Idaho Values Alliance

Alan Shealy, the member of the Boise City Council who took the bulk of the credit for removing a Ten Commandments monument from Julia Davis Park in 2004, is now considering a run for the United States Senate in 2008.

Shealy told the Boise Weekly (BW) that he is thinking about higher office because the city council has a tough time getting anything done and its work is mostly drudgery, such as approving subdivision changes and the like. Such issues, says Shealy, “Are below our pay grade,” are “a waste of time,” and should be handled by a lower level of city government.

Now, according to BW, Shealy intends to apologize to the city council, saying “I didn’t mean to imply that the council was ineffective.”

The Idaho Statesman, which, according to editor Kevin Richert, “has chided him in the past for showing an arrogant streak,” says that Shealy “may be the first politician in American history to run for the U.S. Senate in hopes of digging out from under bureaucratic paperwork.”

Oddly, Shealy is a registered Republican and considering a run in the Republican primary. For Mr. Shealy to think that a man who is proud of removing the Ten Commandments from public property can get elected to a statewide seat in Idaho may be an indication that he does not understand how far out of step he is with grassroots Idahoans.

The last we knew of Mr. Shealy, he was still refusing to participate in the invocations that open Boise City Council meetings (at last view, he was standing ramrod straight and either staring at the back wall or the head of the individual giving the invocation) and refusing to say “under God” when the Council recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

Idaho, I’m quite certain, is not ready to elect a senator who is hostile to the public acknowledgement of God, is proud of removing the Ten Commandments from the public square, is opposed to “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, refuses to show respect for the time-honored practice of public invocations, and, contrary even to liberal icon Thomas Jefferson, does not believe our rights come to us from God.

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