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Maddux vs. Gookin in Press op-ed

In an a Op Ed in today's Cda Press, precinct committeeman Bruce Maddux has Dan Gookin in his crosshairs. Maddux writes,

“Honorable Councilman Gookin was recently quoted in the Coeur d’Alene Press as saying the Republican Central Committee is powerless:

“They have no business stepping on our toes telling us to repeal an ordinance, it’s way out of line,” he said, calling the action a sign of “dysfunction. They have no political power whatsoever, but for some reason they think they do.”

It is my strident wish to disabuse Honorable Councilman Gookin, of that to which he has incautiously harkened; the PCs have power. With more than 65 of the 70 precinct positions filled we outnumber Honorable Councilman Gookin, and taken on an individual basis all elected officials in Kootenai County, more than 65 to one. If the PCs choose to go door to door in every precinct in Kootenai County and render any elected official unelected, it will be so. The power is inherent and it is ours to wield or withhold as we see fit. That is the very definition of power. More here.

In the comments section, Gookin replies: “Bruce, I'm sorry the KCRCC is dysfunctional. There.

BTW, you are not an elected official. You are a party official. See? Dysfunction.”

Who's more powerful? The elected official or the political official?

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