A recent IDAHO STATESMAN story by reporter Cynthia Sewell seems to confirm the trend of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter to be a behind-the-scenes power broker for local governments outside the purview of Boise City.
According to the report in the DAILY PAPER, Ada County Highway District commission candidate Bob Bruce told a public forum last week that Bieter sought to have the ACHD director and legal counsel fired.
Current ACHD commish Rebecca Arnold asked candidates, “Has Mayor Bieter asked you for a commitment that if elected you would fire ACHD Director Bruce Wong and General Counsel Steve Price, and if so, how did you respond to that request?”
Bob Bruce, Candidate for the Dist. 3 seat responded, “I have known Dave Bieter since we were small children. We went to the same school. My parents and his parents were very good friends. I did go to Mayor Bieter and he did make that request. I said ‘no.’ I am not anybody’s pawn. Nobody owns me. It was a difficult thing. I still consider Mayor Bieter my friend. I know I can work with him. I just couldn’t do what he asked if he were to support me.”
This is the first time the GUARDIAN has heard of publicly attributable comments such as this, but we have had others tell us of questionable “back room” comments of a similar nature to come from Team Dave and its leader.
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