In case you forgot, Royce Chigbrow, the Tax Commission chairman, ran as a Republican for state Controller in the 2006 primary against eventual victor Donna Jones. He ran for Controller after serving as a campaign treasurer for Otter and Ysursa. Per the Spokesman-Review:
Political: First run for office. Served as campaign treasurer for Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and Congressman Butch Otter, and financial adviser for former Gov. Phil Batt.So, as so often happens, a political playa who's paid his dues takes a run at office, loses, and is awarded with a plum political post, i.e., Tax Commissioner. Check out his picture; doesn't he look like the quintessential insider GOPer?
Well, per Oregonlive.com, Chigbrow is the guy who handles the tax protests in question.
Idaho's bipartisan tax commission is made up of Republican Royce Chigbrow, an Otter appointee from 2007 who handles protests by large, out-of-state corporations addressed by Howland;So it looks like Royce Chigbrow is the guy in the hot seat. Given his connections, it will be interesting to see how the investigations shake out.
Update: It occurs to me that Chigbrow, being the new guy, inherited the discounting practice and probably doesn't have a bunch of discounts to his credit, so he'll probably defend on that basis.