Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin posed for a picture with protesters in support of a man in prison for his roll in a well-publicized stand-off with authorities.
McGeachin, a Republican fro Idaho Falls, posted a picture to Facebook on Thursday “sending love” to Todd Engel, an Idaho native sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for his role in a 2014 standoff near the Nevada ranch of Cliven Bundy, known for fighting the government over grazing rights on federal land.
Charges were dismissed against Bundy, two of his sons, and an independent militia leader related to the standoff for Bundy’s unpaid grazing fees.
Engel was found guilty and charged with obstruction and traveling across state lines in aid of extortion.
In the photo, which has since been removed, McGeachin, forming a heart symbol with her hands, stood inside the Idaho Capitol next to two men dressed in prison garb with “Engel” on the front. The men are both gesturing three extended fingers with the thumb and pointer finger touching, which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a symbol representing the group Three Percenters, a Second Amendment rights group.
McGeachin took office in January after being elected as Idaho’s first female lieutenant governor. (Post Register)