Sage Dixon spent a couple of hours recently trying to convince his constituents in Idaho’s District 1 that he was still the conservative good guy that they thought they elected in 2014.
Dixon barely gained enough votes against George Eskridge in that first campaign, but riding the coattails of enormously popular Liberty Legislator Heather Scott tipped the scales for him. However, since that first race, Dixon has not shown himself to be everything he promised to be.
He likes to say that he is “not loud” in Boise, but the truth is that he spends more time staying under the radar not wanting to upset the establishment, and he isn’t getting anything done.
His voting record is far from that of which his constituents expected, voting for progressive, anti-liberty bills such as House Bill 200, a supplemental appropriation for the Department of Health and Welfare. The money in this bill covers childcare expenses related to the pandemic.
At one time, Sage told us that conservatives are supposed to stand against debt and big government. Dixon does not seem to follow his own mantra. It would seem that he votes for lots of bills like this. I guess he likes and accepts the free federal money argument. Our kids and grandkids are sure to thank him later.
If you would like further explanation of this progressive, big government spending, click here.
Related: Freedom and Spending Index: The Idaho Legislature Is Blue
While I appreciate the little NRA license plate bill that he pushed through in his first term, as it was (in his words) a way to learn the system, what has he done since?
He has signed on to a few other bills, written by other legislators. He has promised to stand up and testify in favor of several of them, but somehow decided against doing that. Oops, wait a minute… he made promises to other legislators and didn’t keep them? Would that be considered a lie, or merely unethical?
Since he took the reigns, at leadership’s behest, of the Ethics Committee, Dixon has become the conscience of the Boise Legislature, claiming that, “If anyone is lying, I don’t think they should be there.”
This begs the question as to whether or not Dixon will admit to lying in the last 7-8 years? I have heard many people ask that same question in just the past few weeks.
Most people have taken notice of Dixon in the past few months due to his heavy-handed treatment of conservative legislators by way of his not-so-ethical Ethics Committee, of which he has led for more than one term.
Not standing up for the Constitution is a blatant violation in most of his constituents views, and he showed this during two separate hearings this year. The first resulted in the forced resignation of Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger.
The ethics committee has three options after a finding of guilt during their public trial. The first is a recommendation of expulsion, which would require a two-thirds vote of the House to achieve. The second and third are reprimand and censure, which only require a 50% vote of the House to accomplish.
Chairman Dixon recommended that Rep. Von Ehlinger receive just a censure (easier to get through the House) but also recommended that his punishment be, in effect, an expulsion (which is much harder to attain). He recommended that the Representative no longer be paid, be banned from the Capital grounds, not allowed to work for his District, etc. That is an expulsion, yet it only required a 50% vote to achieve.
This seems like a political dirty trick and only worthy of the swamp that is controlling this state.
The second ethics trial was against Rep. Priscilla Giddings. This leader in the Liberty movement took issue with how the previous hearing was being railroaded. Apparently, you cannot question the ethics of the ethics committee and come out unscathed.
Dixon held a townhall recently in which he attempted to sooth the frayed nerves of his voting constituency. When asked about the unethical behavior of the committee member, John McCrostie, the Democrat Representative that was caught stealing his opponents campaign materials and destroying them, he claimed that he couldn’t do anything about it because it was for a prior year, and not a current issue.
However, he clarified, that if that issue (or the issue of elected House members committing adultery) came before his committee at this point, then he would certainly take it upon himself to weigh their guilt.
One wonders how far Dixon is really prepared to defend this statement, as Redoubt News has discovered that a formal ethics complaint was filed earlier this year concerning Rep. Brent Crane, who called himself the third most powerful member of the House, saying he would ensure von Ehlinger’s expulsion. The problem being that Crane’s boasting and proclamation of von Ehlinger’s guilt came before the hearing convened.
We were also told that the “ethics” committee, of which Dixon is the Chairman, threw it out and refused to consider it. Crane was left on the committee for the von Ehrlinger hearing.
Dixon also made the bold statements that he, nor his committee, knew of the plans of either Rep. Giddings or Speaker Scott Bedke to run for the position of Lt. Governor. This is an obvious cover-up, as Redoubt News published an article on this topic way back on April 29th:
BOISE DISTRACTION! Is Idaho Speaker Scott Bedke Running For Lt Gov?
We knew about it way up here in the far distant District 1, Dixon’s district, and it was common knowledge all over Boise, yet Dixon and his committee were the only ones that did not know? I, along with many others, do not find that answer credible.
These are not the first instances of Dixon throwing conservative legislators under the bus. It was not that long ago where Dixon made friends with a far-left Communist-leaning psuedo-journalist that Dixon has since used to trash anyone not onboard with his agenda.
While his seat-mate, the only real conservative representative in North Idaho’s District 1, Heather Scott, was coming under fire from leftist all over the region, Sage Dixon held an interview in which the result was an absolute thrashing of Rep. Scott. The article was based mostly on comments made by Dixon, and was not left up to conjecture. It was an undeniable hit piece, of which the writer kept spinning his wheels in his apparent attempt to line bird cages. Dixon has yet to justify, or even explain his participation in this nastiness.
For more: redoubtnews.com/2021/09/sage-dixon-is-not-the-guy-we-thought-we-elected/