Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued Tuesday’s executive order prohibiting vaccine directives. It also required coronavirus testing at and colleges throughout the state. Brad Little stated that he did not authorize her to take action on his behalf when he was at U.S.-Mexico borders.
Little stated that he would “rescind” any executive orders McGeachin issued while he was away. She is acting governor and attempted this week to send National Guard soldiers to the border.
“I’m in Texas to perform my duties as Governor duly elected of Idaho. I haven’t authorized the Lieutenant. Little stated Tuesday that the Governor should act in my name.” I will rescind and reverse any actions taken orally by the Lieutenant Governor When I return, Governor On Wednesday, he is due to return to the state.
In Idaho the governor and lieutenant Governor don’t race on the same ticket. McGeachin, Little and Little previously fought each other. She is also running for governor in 2022. Both of them are Republicans.
In May when Little was out of state, she issued an executive order banning mask mandates that Little eliminated when he returned, saying those decisions were best left to local officials.
Republican Lt. Governor. Janice McGeachin of Idaho addresses a rally on the Statehouse steps in Boise, Sept. 15, 2021.
The new executive order also prevents employers from requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and is an extension of one Little issued in April that banned mandates at state facilities not including schools, according to the Idaho Statesman.
McGeachin said she had “fixed” the order. I will fight for your individual freedom!” She tweeted.
Maj. General Michael J. Garshak also stated that McGeachin, acting governor, doesn’t have authority to send the National Guard across the border.
Idaho Governor Brad Little at a March 2020 news conference.
McGeachin disputed that claim, writing to Garshak on Tuesday, “My constitutional authority as Governor affords me the power of activating the Idaho National Guard. “As the Adjutant General I would like to know the details of the process for the Governor activating the National Guard. “
Garshak replied hours later, “I am unaware of any request for Idaho National Guard assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) from Texas or Arizona. The Idaho National Guard does not function as a law enforcement agency, as you know. “
Little was in Texas this week meeting with other nine other Republican governors to discuss the crisis at the border.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.