Alleged extramarital affair prompts legislative ethics investigation

BOISE — Allegations that two Idaho lawmakers engaged in a three-year long extramarital affair has prompted an ethics investigation by the Idaho legislature. Idaho Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill has confirmed to KBOI radio’s Nate Shelman that an alleged affair between Sen. Jim Guthrie (R-28-McCammon) and Rep. Christy Perry (R-13B-Nampa) raises questions about the use of taxpayer funding, and a preliminary investigation is underway.

The accusations came to light after Guthrie’s estranged wife shared private details about the affair — including flirtatious text messages and inappropriate digital photos — with east Idaho blogger Lance Earl. Hill told KBOI he learned of the accusations from Earl’s blog, and talked with Guthrie shortly after the accusations were published. Hill declined to share exactly what was discussed with Guthrie, but was concerned enough to initiate an investigation.

Senator Guthrie declined a request for an interview with KID NewsRadio.

An excerpt from Nate Shelman’s interview with Senator Brent Hill can be heard here: