Ada County’s delegation to the Idaho GOP convention that starts Thursday has been snubbed on committee assignments, Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports, with the county given just four committee slots instead of the 33 to which it was entitled. Popkey reports that GOP Chairman Barry Peterson made the move, saying new Ada County Chairman Fred Tilman didn’t get the list to him in time, a contention Tilman disputes.
The four committees – on credentials, platform, resolutions and rules – appear to be heavily dominated by the more conservative wing of the party that backs Peterson, who’s facing at least a three-way fight in his bid for another term as chairman. The rules committee, which will hear a challenge brought by Rod Beck to seating the Ada County delegation at all, is chaired by Judy Boyle and Chuck Reitz, a former Constitution Party member from North Idaho. The platform committee is co-chaired by Bob Nonini and Viki Purdy, with Cathyanne Nonini as secretary. The resolutions committee is co-chaired by Sheryl Nuxoll and Vito Barbieri, with Ronalee Linsenman as secretary. The rules committee is co-chaired by Steve Vick and Ron Nate; its members include tax-protesting former state Rep. Phil Hart, who was recently re-elected as a legislative district chairman for the party.
Popkey’s full report is online here, including the complete list of all four committees. Peterson told Popkey, “It’s a rough-and-tumble business. If they’re going to play, the rules apply to everybody. I don’t have to hold their hand.”