Election Central

Caldwell’s Rep. Bolz asked to be removed as Chaney’s campaign chairman

After news that Greg Chaney had been charged with domestic battery and three other misdemeanors in 2009, outgoing Rep. Darrell Bolz asked that his name be removed as chairman of the Chaney campaign — a position Bolz said he never agreed to hold.

Chaney complied with the request from Bolz, R-Caldwell, who is retiring after 14 years, removing Bolz as chairman on Chaney’s campaign page on Facebook.

The Canyon County Republican Central Committee holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse in Caldwell. Chaney said he’s willing to take questions about his background at the meeting. Also expected to speak is a new write-in candidate, Brian Bishop, who filed Friday after news of Chaney’s record.

Chaney was charged in 2009 with misdemeanor domestic battery, destruction of a telecommunication instrument, false imprisonment and malicious injury to property. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace and malicious injury to property.

Bolz said Chaney told him about the disturbing the peace and punching a hole in a wall, but didn’t disclose the domestic battery.

“I said at the time, ‘That’s going to be an issue with you,’” Bolz recalled. “I said, ‘It’s going to come out and you better be prepared for it.’ That was my counsel to him.”

Bolz and Chaney said they have different recollections of a March 31 conversation about an official role for Bolz in Chaney’s campaign.

“He remembers that he asked me if I would be his campaign chair and I said yes,” Bolz said. “I don’t recall that at all. I really don’t.”

Chaney said he and Bolz spoke about several topics. “If he doesn’t recollect the same conversation, I guess that’s problematic,” Chaney said.

After Thursday’s report in the Idaho Press-Tribune revealed details unknown to Bolz about Chaney’s legal troubles, Chaney said he phoned Bolz and suggested he may want to reconsider his support. On Friday, Chaney said he removed Bolz’s name as chairman.

The victim in the 2009 case was Chaney’s second wife, Sheila. The Statesman has been unable to reach Sheila Chaney for comment. Greg Chaney married a third time in September 2013. He and his wife, Sarah, have six children altogether.

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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