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Mon., June 16, 2014, 9:35 a.m.

GOP Chairman Peterson: ‘Politics can be very rough and tumble’

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson said this morning that it’s still unclear what will happen next after the weekend’s failed GOP state convention, in which no new chairman, platform, rules changes or resolutions were voted on. “Things are in the mix, trying to sort all that out,” Peterson said. “But I do know when when they called for the adjournment, Raul announced at the podium before taking the vote that in adjourning, the officers and the positions and the platform and all that would remain as they were.”

There were questions, though as to whether positions with term limits would need to be decided by the party central committee.  “I don’t know the actual outcome of anything,” Peterson said. “Work is being done trying to sort it all. … It’s being worked on.”

Peterson said, “I want to take my hat off to Raul Labrador, because he worked so very hard. And he was behind the scenes working diligently to try to find a way to bring peace to the event, and to the selection of the chairman. He just spent hours. I know at least two nights he was up ‘til midnight working on it. And my hat’s off to him for the incredible amount of work he tried to put together in bringing peace to the overall thing.”

Asked how he feels about how the convention went, Peterson said, “Well, it appears to me that politics can be very rough and tumble.” He said, “What I personally would hope is that there might be a peaceful resolve come to people’s minds, which seems to be impossible, and that they would be happy to live within the rules of the party and do the best work that we can all do unitedly within the rules of the party.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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