John Sandy, official chief of staff to Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch, says he regrets having included his name as a contact for a campaign fundraiser featuring hunting and headlined by Risch and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Sandy’s phone number is listed for hunters interested in an optional duck and goose shoot on the first day of the three-day event, Jan. 17-19, in Hagerman. Sandy lived in Hagerman for about 50 years before moving to Boise.
Sandy said Friday that he is not organizing or attending the “Jim Risch Idaho Hunting Excursion” and that the event is not supported in any way by taxpayer funds. He said he will be available on his personal cell phone to give directions.
Sandy said that for appearances sake, he probably should have declined when Risch’s Virginia-based fundraiser Bill Oorbeek asked him to help.
“It was just dumb,” Sandy said. “I told him if you want to put my name on there, put my name on there. I probably shouldn’t have.”
Sandy said the number on the fundraising schedule in his personal cell phone, not a government line.
In addition to three days hunting, including time at Hagerman Wings Ranch, the event includes dinner on the 17th and 18th and lunch with Sen. Blunt on the 18th. Participants must hold an Idaho hunting license and a federal migratory bird stamp.
So far, Risch is unopposed by a Republican or Democrat in his bid for a second term.