Anti-government provocateur Ammon Bundy filed papers to run for governor in Idaho next year, even though he’s not currently registered to vote or legally allowed to set foot on capitol grounds.
Secretary of State candidacy records show Bundy listing his address as a post-office box in Emmett, with a man named Aaron Welling acting as treasurer.
He would be seeking the 2022 GOP nomination for the state’s top post, currently held by Republican Brad Little. The governor had been unsuccessfully targeted for recall by anti-government activists unhappy with shutdowns he ordered, which were aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic.
Bundy is best known for taking part in an armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland, in 2016.
He and others involved in the 41-day occupation were acquitted of possessing a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers.
This past fall, Bundy made headlines when he refused to wear a mask at his son’s high school football game, leading the contest to be called at halftime.
And a few months earlier, scuffles with state police at the Idaho capitol grounds led to a 12-month ban enacted on Aug. 26 last year, authorities said.
No one with Bundy’s name or birthday is listed as a registered voter in Idaho. He’d have until April 22 of next year to register to vote in the May 17 primary.
Little, a former state senator and lieutenant governor, won election to Idaho’s top post in 2018, defeating Democrat Paulette Jordan, 59.8 percent to 38.2 percent.
In Idaho, one of the nation’s most GOP-friendly states, capturing the Republican nomination is tantamount to winning in November. In the 2018 primary, Little won a much tighter race,besting Raul Labrador, 37.3 percent to 32.6 percent.
Bundy and representatives for Gov. Little could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday morning.