Idaho’s Constitution says that in the event that the governor leaves the state, the lieutenant governor takes control of “the powers, duties and emoluments” of the governorship until the governor returns.
CNN has contacted the Idaho National Guard and McGeachin’s office for comment but did not immediately hear back. It was not clear if any agency acted on or followed McGeachin’s initiatives.
“I will continue to fight for your individual Liberty!,” the lieutenant governor said.
Eight minutes later, Little tweeted, “I will be rescinding and reversing any actions taken by the Lt. Governor when I return.”
The dispute is the latest episode in an ongoing political skirmish between the state’s two top leaders. Little, who was first elected in 2018, has not yet declared whether he will seek reelection, but ahead of next year’s Republican primary, McGeachin has sought to establish herself as the champion of the Trump wing of the party while attempting to paint Little as an establishment figure.
“The action that took place was an irresponsible, self-serving political stunt,” Little said at the time. “Taking the earliest opportunity to act solitarily on a highly politicized, polarizing issue without conferring with local jurisdictions, legislators, and the sitting Governor is, simply put, an abuse of power.”