Miss Idaho USA Director Says Trump Made Right Call On Tara Conner

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BOISE -- It seemed like a daytime soap opera mixed with reality television tossed with a dash of morality play.

But the state director of the Miss Idaho USA pageant says all the fuss is not surprising.

"I think whenever you have Donald Trump in a sentence, it'll cause media attention," said Tracey Driflot, director of the Miss Idaho USA pageant. "And when you have beautiful young women, it also garners a lot of attention."

At a frenzied, tearful, televised news conference in New York City Tuesday, Miss Universe Organization co-owner Donald Trump announced he'll let Miss USA Tara Conner keep her title.

"I've always been a believer in second chances," Trump told reporters after meeting with Conner earlier in the day.

The small town girl from Kentucky has come under fire amid reports she'd visited bars in New York City when she was not yet 21. Conner turned 21 Monday.

Trump was widely expected to fire Conner but The Donald gave her a second chance and noted she would enter rehab.

"Thank God," said Conner, weeping. "Thank God, I have the chance to make it right."

And Tracey Driflot thinks any person -- especially a parent -- would have done the same thing.

"If there's no harm done to anybody, and there's an opportunity to admit mistakes, I see every chance to have her come back and hold her crown proudly and learn from her mistakes," Driflot told CBS 2 News.

But Driflot says the troubled Miss USA better make the best of being forgiven because young women participating in beauty pageants are indeed role models in an experience that can enrich their lives.

"I can't tell you how important it is for a girl to walk with grace, and with beauty," she said. " There's nothing wrong with being feminine, athletic and smart, having all those things wrapped in one package."