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Troupis’ legal opinion: ‘No vacancy exists,’ Peterson still state GOP chairman

Attorney Christ Troupis has completed his legal analysis, and has concluded – counter to the opinion of attorney Jason Risch – that former GOP Chairman Barry Peterson and other party officers remain in office now, after the failed state party convention last weekend ended without a vote on new officers. “No vacancy exists in the position of Idaho Republican Party chairman or other party officers at this time,” Troupis writes. “Accordingly, Barry Peterson, having been duly elected, remains as chairman and the other party officers also remain in office.” You can read Troupis’ full analysis here.

Not only is that not the conclusion that Risch reached in his legal analysis for the party, it’s also counter to the conclusion of John R. Phillippe Jr., chief counsel for the Republican National Committee, who wrote to national GOP Chairman Rance Priebus “to advise you that in my opinion there is a vacancy in Idaho’s RNC delegation because the state party chairman position is vacant.” KTVB reporter Jamie Grey has posted Phillippe’s letter at the end of her report here at the KTVB website.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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