CALDWELL -- Southwestern Idaho Republicans wanting to weigh in on whether state Sen. John McGee should remain the local party chairman and be investigated following an embarrassing June 19 drunken driving incident were stymied when the 38-year-old lawmaker helped block an immediate resolution vote.

On Tuesday evening at a local Canyon County GOP Central Committee meeting, McGee succeeded in diverting the resolution to the group's executive committee, rather than holding an immediate vote.

McGee pleaded guilty to drunken driving earlier this month after he took a car that didn't belong to him without the owner's permission and damaged it, then fell asleep inside.

State Legislative District 13 GOP Chairwoman Ronalee Linsenmann's resolution called for a probe of McGee's drunken actions and a vote next month on whether he should remain as county chairman.

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