As the Idaho Republican Party state convention gets under way this morning, Congressman Raul Labrador, the convention chairman, acknowledged the conflict that’s been roiling the state party confab. As a gesture he said would ensure fairness, he named two, rather than one, parliamentarians to ensure fairness in disputes over rules: Former Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.
Just yesterday, Labrador told reporters rather emphatically that Davis was not his choice for parliamentarian; the post matters because fights over rules are have been at the heart of disputes in the Moscow convention, including over seating three counties’ entire delegations. Rasor comes from the libertarian/tea party wing of the party; Davis from the more establishment Republican side. Melissa Davlin of Idaho Reports reports that Labrador told delegates he has a lot of respect for both of them.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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