Kootenai County Republican Party Chairman Neil Oliver skips the "Reagan Jelly Beans" and goes straight for the coffee, Saturday night after the Annual Reagan Republican Victory Dinner. They were actually "Jelly Belly" jelly beans carefully selected the Reagan Republicans for their connection to Ronald Reagan. Now, Oliver is caught in latest squabble involving his warring factions of his local party. (Phantom Photographer photo)
A group of Kootenai County Republicans has asked state GOP Chairman Barry Peterson to step into a controversy involving the county party's bylaws. Twelve Republicans, including former chairmen Brad Corkill and Donna Montgomery, filed a complaint with Peterson Monday, asking that Peterson order Kootenai County GOP Chairman Neil Oliver "to cease all activity as chairman" until the state party can "assure the existence of lawfully executived By-laws" for the Kootenai County party. The 12 signees contend that the local party doesn't have official By-laws. In the complaint, the 12 say: "The failure of the leaders of the Kootenai Cuonty Republican Central Committee to maintain a valid and lawsful set of By-laws has resulted in much unneeded controversy and confusion within the local Republican Party. A climate of distrust has been fostered by those Republican leaders who have refused to provide documents to elected precinct committeemen." You can read the complaint and see the list of signees here.