It’s Time To Send This Temperamental Legislator Packing

Idaho social media is currently abuzz with discussions over just how unhinged Republican State Senator Dan Foreman is. When teenagers visited his office to discuss sexual education, he allegedly screamed at them and threatened to call the police.

Sign the petition encouraging to Foreman to abandon politics and not run for reelection this year.

The teenagers had scheduled a meeting with Foreman, only to have it cancelled upon arriving at his office. They left him a note explaining their stance and met with other legislators – including Republicans who respectfully disagreed – until running into Foreman in the hallway. It was then that the State Senator shouted, “Abortion is murder.”

The girls maintain that they had no intention of mentioning abortion with the legislator at all. In actuality, they were there to encourage Foreman to support a bill that would improve sex education since most teenagers in the state do not remain abstinent. They also wanted to extend prescribed birth control to women in the state.

Video footage also caught Foreman apparently saying, “What you guys are doing stinks.” Since when does calmly participating in the political process stink?

Foreman caught more flack when he tweeted that the teenagers should “go talk about killing babies with [Democratic Idahoan legislator] Maryanne Jordan.” The twitter account has since been deleted, following someone tweeting that the account was not affiliated with Foreman, though Foreman has not confirmed that comment on the record.

State Senator Jordan says she filed an ethics complaint against Foreman for the tweet.

The sad thing is that this outburst isn’t an isolated incident. Back in September, a voter approached Foreman at the county fair to discuss the Constitution. Foreman promptly lost his cool and reportedly screamed that the man was a “liberal nut-tard” and told him to “go straight to hell, you son a of bitch.” The moment was captured on a police officer’s body camera.

Rather than apologizing for his out-of-line words, Foreman demanded an apology from the county fair because he felt the event mistreats Republicans in favor of Democrats.

Foreman may want to put some of the blame on some of his own unforced political stances, like being the lone person to vote against a bill that allows good Samaritans to break a car window on a hot day if a pet is locked inside the car. He’s also led the charge to make child immunizations optional and referred to climate change as a liberal ”scam.”

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Contrary to Foreman’s apparent attitude, the legislator doesn’t just represent the people who voted for him, but all of his constituents. If he is unable to engage in debate civilly without blowing a gasket, he is in the wrong line of work and should step down as a state legislator.

In his campaign, he vowed to “listen to the people of our great State of Idaho as a humble, but capable, public servant” and he’s failing to live up to that.

Sign the petition if you’d like to encourage Foreman to drop out of the race. Seeing his uncontrolled temper on video twice in recent months should be the reality check he needs to try his hand at a different profession.

If that petition doesn’t work, voters may still have their say. Foreman won his election in 2016 by about 1 percent of the vote, and hopefully his own behavior will cost him that slight margin of victory.

Photo Credit: Foreman for Idaho Senate.

61 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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Ruth S
Ruth S7 months ago

Thanks.

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Anne G
Anne G7 months ago

What a horrible person, great way to teach young people about government.

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Winn A
Winn Adams7 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn Adams7 months ago

Petition Signed!!!!!

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Kathy G
Kathy G7 months ago

Thank you

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Mike R
Mike R7 months ago

Petition signed. Thanks

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara7 months ago

Get up and vote!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara7 months ago

Doesn't sound like anyone I would vote for.

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Paul Carter
Paul Carter7 months ago

Politicians have lost the art of informed debate. Now anyone who has a divergent view is a threat. We have moved into an era of "I have made up my mind; don't confuse me with facts". I could add "or ask me to think" or even "and go against the wishes of my big campaign contributors" in some countries.

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