ID: Candidate who joked about Obama hunt charged with poaching
Candidate who joked about Obama hunt charged with poaching
SALMON, Idaho | Dec 7, 2010
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A former Republican candidate for Idaho
governor, who joked during the campaign about hunting President Barack Obama,
was charged with poaching on Tuesday for illegally shooting an elk.
Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Rex Rammell
illegally shot and killed an elk near Idaho Falls, Idaho on November 20,
using an invalid hunting tag.
Rammell briefly was in the political spotlight when, at a campaign rally
in August last year, a woman asked him about "Obama tags" during a
discussion about wolves and hunting. "Obama tags? We'd buy some of those,"
In the western U.S., hunters must buy a tag that gives them the right to
hunt game such as deer or elk.
Rammell got 26 percent of the Republican primary vote in May, finishing
second to incumbent Governor Butch Otter, who was reelected last month.
In a telephone interview with Reuters, Rammell called the poaching charge
"pure political garbage" and said he has become a target for his outspoken
"I'm a public figure who has opposed the establishment on every front,"
Rammell said. "I'm sure they realize I'm a potential governor in the future
and they will try to take every opportunity they can to damage my future
The wildlife crime carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and
the loss of hunting privileges for three years.
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