New rules, courtesy of the Idaho GOP: From now on, elections are strictly advisory. If those know-it-alls at the state Republican convention disapprove of the results, they’ll just call a do-over. That’s what party faithful said last weekend. Delegates to the state convention voted to send a letter urging Republican Vern Bisterfeldt (pictured) to abandon his race for Ada County commissioner. Because Bisterfeldt has publicly supported Democrats, the GOP wants to exile one of Ada County’s best-known and longest-serving public officials, a former policeman, former county commissioner and current Boise City Council member. The politics of partisan purity have gone statewide, having flopped on the local level/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.
Question: What do you make of the Idaho GOP telling a respected Ada County political candidate to abandon his race for commissioner because he supported Democrats in the past?
D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.
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