Rex Rammell

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Rex Rammell
Rex "T-Rex" Rammell at Campbell County League of Women Voters' General Election Candidates' Forum in Gillette, Wyoming (cropped).jpg
Rex "T-Rex" Rammell at Campbell County League of Women Voters' General Election Candidates' Forum in Gillette, Wyoming
Born
Rex Floyd Rammell

(1961-01-02) January 2, 1961 (age 57)
ResidenceRock Springs, Wyoming (2012–present)
Kooskia, Idaho (2011–2012)
Rexburg, Idaho (until 2011)
OccupationVeterinarian
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lynda Rammell (1983–present)
ChildrenAmanda and 3 other children
WebsiteOfficial website

Rex Floyd Rammell (born January 2, 1961) is a veterinarian and Republican perennial candidate for public office in Idaho and Wyoming.

Early life[edit]

Rammell was born on January 2, 1961 in Tetonia, Idaho and was raised in Eastern Idaho.

Career[edit]

Rammell is a veterinarian, former elk rancher and author of the recently released book titled, "A Nation Divided: The War For America's Soul".

Political Campaigns[edit]

Rammell is a perennial candidate for public office in Idaho and Wyoming. He ran unsuccessfully in the 2008 Idaho senatorial election against Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jim Risch,[1] polling 5.4% of the vote.

In 2009 announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for governor in the 2010 Idaho gubernatorial election. He came in second to Incumbent Governor Butch Otter, polling 42,436 (26%) to Otter's 89,117 (54.6%).[2] Rammell defeated Otter in two counties and tied him in another. Rammell's top county was Benewah where he polled nearly 58% of the vote to Otter's 33%. Rammell's number two county was Idaho County where he polled 46% to Otter's 40%.[citation needed] Both candidates polled 43% in Boundary County, with Otter receiving two votes more than Rammell.[citation needed]

In 2012, Rammell ran in the Republican primary for District 7 in the Idaho House of Representatives, but came in second place out of 3 candidates with 30.3% of the vote.

In 2016, Rammell announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for United States Congress in the State of Wyoming.

Elections[edit]

District 34 House Seat A - Madison County and part of Fremont County
Year Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct
2002 Primary[3] Rex
Rammell
835 14.6% Mack
Shirley
2,210 38.8% Diana
Richman
1,133 19.9% Lynn
Loosli
964 16.9% Max
Mortensen (inc.)
559 9.8%
2004 Primary[4] Rex
Rammell
2,814 35.7% Mack
Shirley (inc.)
5,064 64.3%
District 7 Seat A - Clearwater, Idaho, and Shoshone Counties and part of Bonner County.
Year Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct
2012 Primary[5] Rex Rammell 1,625 30.3% Shannon McMillan (inc.) 2,564 47.8% Ed Galloway 1,178 21.9%
U.S. House of Representatives
Wyoming At-large District Republican Primary Election, 2016[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Liz Cheney 35,043 38.78
Republican Leland Christensen 19,330 21.39
Republican Tim Stubson 15,524 17.18
Republican Darin Smith 13,381 14.81
Republican Mike Konsmo 1,363 1.51
Republican Jason Senteney 976 1.08
Republican Rex Rammell 890 0.98
Republican Paul Paad 886 0.98
Republican Heath Beaudry 534 0.59
Write-ins Others 155 0.17
Undervote 1,651 1.83
Overvote 625 0.69
Total votes 90,358 100

Controversies[edit]

Obama threats[edit]

In August 2009, while at a town hall meeting opposing proposed national health care legislation, Rammell was briefly involved in a controversy when it was reported that he had joked about seeking a license to hunt President Barack Obama.[7][8] The controversy stemmed from an event that Rammell had attended in Twin Falls, Idaho where he was speaking to a group of sportsmen about the upcoming wolf hunt when a woman in the audience asked, "what about Obama tags?" Rammell replied in jest, "yeah, we'd buy some of those."[9][10] Rammell later apologized for his actions.[11]

Constitution to "Hang by a Thread" in the last days

In January 2010, Rammell faced controversy when he invited friends of his to a meeting to discuss a prophecy of Joseph Smith which purportedly stated that the Constitution would "hang by a thread" in the last days before the elders of the LDS church would save it. Rammell had never mentioned the so-called White Horse prophecy [12] but mentioned the alleged quote by Joseph Smith in an effort to resonate Rammell's perceived seriousness of the political climate to fellow members of his church.[13] Rammell later apologized for not making the meetings public.[14] The LDS Church disavowed these meetings.[15]

Legal Problems[edit]

Elk Hunt[edit]

In August 2006, nearly 160 elk escaped from Rammell's Chief Joseph hunting preserve just ten miles outside of Yellowstone National Park.[16] In September 2006, facing pressure from anti game farming advocates, Idaho Governor Jim Risch ordered an emergency hunt to kill the loose elk from Rammell's ranch.

In September 2006, Rammell was charged with obstructing a police officer after he refused to get off a dead elk that had been killed by authorities. Rammell was upset that the Fish and Game officer had killed his elk right in front of his capture pen. Following a 12 hours trial, he was acquitted by a six-person jury in Fremont County, Idaho in March 2007.[17] When Rammell's daughter won the Miss Idaho USA pageant in 2007, she caused controversy by refusing to have her picture taken with Risch because of Risch's executive order that allowed the killing of Rammell's elk. Later, Risch refused to apologize for his actions.

Illegal elk kill[edit]

On November 30, 2010, Rammell was cited by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after he killed a cow elk in the wrong hunting zone.[18]

On December 23, 2010, Rammell pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing wildlife taken unlawfully and was found guilty in July 2011. Rammell appealed the case using the defense that he did not have criminal intent and had made a simple mistake. Rammell cited Idaho law that stated a person could not be held to a crime if the alleged crime was committed by mistake. The conviction was later upheld in the Idaho Appellate court.[19][20][21]

Jury tampering[edit]

Prior to his trial for killing an elk in the wrong hunting zone, Rammell handed out literature from the "Fully Informed Jury" website to all jurists that day describing their rights as jurists. He was arrested for felony jury tampering which was reduced to Contempt of Court and was given a withheld judgement, meaning it would not recorded on his record.

Defies authorities[edit]

On December 15, 2010, at a town hall meeting held in Idaho County, Idaho, Rammell encouraged a crowd of about 100 supporters to defy Federal authorities by killing wolves while at the same time being careful not to face federal penalties [22]

Personal life[edit]

Rammell has been married to his wife Lynda since 1983 and they have four children; the eldest, Amanda, was Miss Idaho USA in 2007.[23]

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rammell announced on June 14, 2012, that his family was moving from Rexburg, Idaho to Torrington, Wyoming, so that he could take a veterinarian job.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Hamilton (2008-03-20). "Rex Rammell Enters Race For Senate". Fox 12 Idaho. Retrieved 23 January 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "May 25, 2010 Primary Election Results Statewide Totals". Sos.idaho.gov. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  3. ^ Cenarrusa, Pete. "May 28, 2002 Primary Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "May 25, 2004 Primary Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Ysursa, Ben. "May 15, 2012 Primary Election Results: Legislative Totals". Boise, Idaho: Secretary of State of Idaho. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Murray, Ed. "Statewide Candidates Official Summary Wyoming Primary Election - August 16, 2016" (PDF). Cheyenne, Wyoming: Wyoming Secretary of State. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Idaho politician won't apologize for remarks about hunting tags for President Obama". NewsOK.com. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  8. ^ "Idaho politician won't apologize for remarks about hunting tags for President Obama". NewsOK.com. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  9. ^ "Political State Podcast: Please don't cash this check until Monday". NewsOK.com. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  10. ^ "Idaho GOP leaders criticize Rex Rammell for his 'joke' about hunting Obama". ThinkProgress. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  11. ^ "Idaho Republican, governor hopeful Rex Rammell makes 'Obama tags' joke about hunting President Obama". New York Daily News. Associated Press. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Rammell calls meeting for LDS elders only". Standard Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  13. ^ jonathanturley (2009-12-24). "Man on a White Horse: Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Rex Rammell Holds Closed Meetings with LDS Elders on the "White Horse" Prophecy". JONATHAN TURLEY. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  14. ^ Hoffman, Nathaniel. "Idaho Hanging by a Thread". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  15. ^ "LDS Church issues statement on Rex Rammell". Standard Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  16. ^ "160 escaped elk elude Idaho hunt". Deseret News. Associated Press. 2006-09-11. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  17. ^ "'Idaho jury acquits former elk rancher'". Deseret News. Associated Press. 2006-09-11. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  18. ^ Ed Mitchell (2010-11-30). "Rex Rammell To Be Charged With Illegal Elk Killing". IDFG. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  19. ^ Emma Jade (2010-12-23). "Rammell Pleads Not Guilty in Poaching Case". Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  20. ^ http://www.idahoreporter.com, June 24, 2011, "Rex Rammell arrested for felony jury tampering (video)" by Dustin Hurst [1]
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ "Rammell Urges Residents to Kill Wolves". 2010-12-23. Retrieved 27 December 2010.[dead link]
  23. ^ "Miss Idaho targets bad behavior". DeseretNews.com. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  24. ^ Prentice, George (2012-06-14). "Rex Rammell 'Gives Up on Idaho,' Leaving State | citydesk". Boiseweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06.

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