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Blackfoot Man Eyes Idaho GOP Chair

Blackfoot sheep-breeder Mike Duff says he may be able to settle a row between two cowboys — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson — by running to replace Peterson after the May 20 primary. “I am discussing being a candidate,” said Duff, citing “disappointing fundraising” by the party and a fractured organization. “I’m the mechanic that makes the car race.” Duff managed Helen Chenoweth’s underdog 1994 campaign that captured the GOP nomination over David Leroy and Pat McMurray and then ousted two-term Democratic Congressman Larry LaRocco. Duff said he would be faithful to whomever wins the gubernatorial primary, whether it’s Gov. Otter or Sen. Russ Fulcher/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is it time to find another Idaho GOParty chairman, with current Chairman Barry Peterson feuding with Gov. Butch Otter and all?

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