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Militiaman Ammon Bundy is running for governor of Idaho

Far-right extremist Ammon Bundy has entered the race to become governor of Idaho, even though he’s banned from setting foot inside the state capitol

The anti-government militiaman filed the initial paperwork Friday to run in the 2022 gubernatorial primary, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office. 

Campaign documents reveal he will run as a Republican, pitting him against several other GOP candidates who have already entered the race including current Governor Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin. 

Bundy is best known for leading an armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge that left one man dead back in 2016. 

He is currently awaiting trial in two trespassing cases, after he invaded the state Capitol in Boise last year to protest against COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Little.  

Far-right extremist Ammon Bundy (pictured) has entered the race to become governor of Idaho, even though he’s banned from setting foot inside the state capitol

Governor Brad Little

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin

Campaign documents reveal he will run as a Republican, pitting him against several other GOP candidates who have already entered the race including current Governor Brad Little (left) and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin (right) 

Now, he is planning to take on Little on the political stage. 

But, the race may be over for Bundy before it’s even begun as state election officials revealed his paperwork is invalid, reported CBS2.

In the filing, Bundy has listed himself as campaign treasurer – a role in which the individual must be registered to vote.

State officials told the outlet Bundy is currently not registered to vote.

They said Bundy had been made aware of the error in his filing. 

He must now either register to vote and refile the documents or find a different campaign treasurer who is registered to vote and then refile the documents.

Six other Republican candidates have already filed to run for governor.

These are Jeff Cotton, Edward Humphreys, Lisa Marie, Cody Usabel, McGeachin and Little. 

So far, there are no Democratic candidates in the race for the red state. 

Bundy being wheeled into an elevator in a chair following his arrest at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on August 25. He was banned from the statehouse

Bundy being wheeled into an elevator in a chair following his arrest at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on August 25. He was banned from the statehouse

Bundy being taken to a patrol car following his arrest for trespassing. He was arrested twice in two days in August for trespassing at the state Capitol to protest against COVID-19 restrictions

Bundy being taken to a patrol car following his arrest for trespassing. He was arrested twice in two days in August for trespassing at the state Capitol to protest against COVID-19 restrictions

Little was elected governor in January 2019. But in the last year, he has faced criticism from other members of his party over his handling of the pandemic with McGeachin publicly slamming his April 2020 stay-at-home order.

McGeachin, who is Idaho’s first female lieutenant governor, announced her run for governor Thursday. 

Bundy has been a vocal critic of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions and has had many brushes with the law. 

He is currently banned from the Idaho Statehouse and its grounds for a year.  

Just last month, he was arrested twice in the space of two hours on suspicion of trespassing at the government building.  

Police said he had trespassed on the government building on April 8 and was arrested and jailed. 

He then returned to the Capitol building soon after bailing out of jail on the first arrest and was arrested again.

It marked the fourth and fifth times he has been arrested in Boise since August, with all but one occurring at the Statehouse. 

In March Bundy was arrested for failing to appear in court after he was banned from entering the courtroom when he refused to wear a mask. Pictured protesters in support of him at the Ada County Courthouse

In March Bundy was arrested for failing to appear in court after he was banned from entering the courtroom when he refused to wear a mask. Pictured protesters in support of him at the Ada County Courthouse 

Right-wing anti-government activist Ammon Bundy (pictured in a cowboy hat) was denied entry and then protested outside his own trespassing trial

Right-wing anti-government activist Ammon Bundy (pictured in a cowboy hat) was denied entry and then protested outside his own trespassing trial

In August, Bundy led dozens of protesters – many of them members of his People’s Rights organization – to the Statehouse to protest against measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The state’s Republican-controlled legislature was convening a special session to address coronavirus-related bills.  

In one of the protests, armed, unmasked rioters shattered a glass door and forced their way into the House gallery. 

The next day, more than 100 protesters returned and forced lawmakers from a session where they were debating a bill to protect businesses from pandemic-related liability.  

Bundy was arrested for trespassing when he wouldn’t leave the room and was banned from the building for a year. 

Bundy ignored the ban and returned the next day. He was arrested and charged with trespassing for the second time in two days.  

The militiaman was uncooperative with officers and was seen being wheeled from the building on an office chair. 

He was banned from the government building for a year following his arrests. 

Bundy shot to notoriety in 2016 when he led a group of armed activists in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the federal control of public lands. Bundy in the center speaking to the media during the standoff

Bundy shot to notoriety in 2016 when he led a group of armed activists in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the federal control of public lands. Bundy in the center speaking to the media during the standoff

The standoff lasted for 41 days. During this time, one man from his group LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed

The standoff lasted for 41 days. During this time, one man from his group LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed

Bundy, who is representing himself in the cases, was supposed to appear for trial in March but was banned from entering the court when he refused to wear a face mask.  

Anyone entering a state courthouse is required to wear a protective covering.

Bundy refused and was denied entry. Instead, he protested outside the building against the mask requirements with two dozen other demonstrators.

He was then arrested for failing to appear in court.  

Bundy shot to notoriety in 2016 when he led a group of armed activists in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the federal control of public lands.  

The standoff lasted for 41 days. During this time, one man from his group LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed. 

Bundy was arrested along with several others on conspiracy and firearms charges but was later acquitted.


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