Former Idaho Congressman Richard Stallings has resigned as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party, and the party’s central committee will hold an election to replace him at its next meeting on Jan. 4. The party said Stallings made the decision “after weeks of wrestling with his conscience and his calendar.” Said Stallings: “I’ve never seen a time where the opportunities for our party are as abundant as they are right now. As we approach 2008, it’s clear that Idaho Democrats are on the cusp of great things. The party’s chair needs to provide full-time attention to the cause. I’ve decided that, for personal and professional reasons, I’m not able to do that.”
State party Vice-Chair Jeanne Buell is serving as acting chair. Stallings, 67, has been state party chair since March of 2005; his term was due to expire in 2009. Click below for Buell’s message to Idaho Democrats about the replacement process.