Posts tagged: Barry Peterson
Their noses the length of a toothpick apart, Gov. Butch Otter recently warned Idaho GOP Party Chairman Barry Peterson against intimidating candidates for precinct committee positions. Otter told Peterson that he heard from a “very reliable source” that Peterson contacted two candidates and their employers to complain about their running for two of the 924 precinct committee posts in the May 20 primary. That, Otter told Peterson, put the party at legal risk because of a citizen's right to political activity. Peterson denied applying any pressure, telling the Statesman, “I have not talked to either of those people.” Peterson and Otter both declined to name the pair, and Otter declined to name his source, though he said he heard the story in Twin Falls/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo)
Question: Frankly, I'm delighted to see out governor show such passion. Thoughts?
Local Republicans had the opportunity for celebration and soul-searching in equal measure at the annual Lincoln Day dinner Friday night. Party leaders and members alike gathered at the Bonner County Fairgrounds to socialize and get a sense of where the party is at and where it is headed. Speaking was Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who traveled from Boise to Sandpoint for the occasion. Inspired by the conservative ideals expressed by Barry Goldwater during the 1964 presidential campaign, Peterson said he felt the GOP was the party that best advocated personal liberty and a reverence for God. “It makes my heart hurt that we have turned aside from the deity that gave us the opportunity to pursue liberty,” he said. He also encouraged attendees to maintain their efforts in promoting the conservative agenda and North Idaho values/Cameron Rassmusson, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.
Barry Peterson, Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, today condemned the ethical lapses of State Representative and Minority Caucus Chair Brian Cronin and called on him to resign immediately from the Idaho Legislature. Peterson’s condemnation stems from the fact that Cronin is accepting payment for consulting and lobbying activities associated with the upcoming referendum while remaining an elected official and serving in a leadership position for his party. “Representative Cronin grabbed headlines by pointing fingers at his colleagues and other public servants who he charged with profiting from their state service,” said Peterson/Idaho Republican Party news release. More here.
State Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson (pictured) again criticized an ad campaign urging voters to overturn state schools superintendent Tom Luna's Teachers Come First education overhaul. The talking points from Peterson aren't new. He has criticized opponents' radio ads that said the student laptop purchase program is an unfunded mandate. But as opponents have taken their campaign to TV, Peterson has ratcheted up the rhetoric. “Do not give into these underhanded tactics of the leaders of the teachers’ union. They are opposed to education reform in Idaho, and it is a shame to see they are willing to go to any lengths to stop reform from taking place — including lying to Idaho’s families and taxpayers.” Heading closer to the final month, this campaign is getting uglier/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: I'm already fed up with attack ads — and we still have 6 weeks to go. How do you handle all the TV mud slinging during political campaigns?
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.
Idaho Republicans on Saturday elected a Mountain Home hardware store owner to lead the state's dominant party ahead of November's big ballot fight over education reforms. Barry Peterson, pictured, was chosen chairman over charter school activist Gayann DeMordaunt from Eagle. Peterson replaces outgoing chairman Norm Semanko. The 64-year-old Peterson was described by backers as an example of rural Idaho's conservative roots. His grandfather settled Elmore County in 1885. Peterson said among his first tasks will be choosing a new executive director to run the Idaho GOP's day-to-day affairs. Like Semanko, current executive director Jonathan Parker is leaving the office for employment elsewhere. … Apart from staffing the office, Peterson's main political task will be raising money and helping organize the state GOP's opposition to attempts to repeal the 2011 Legislature's education reforms on Nov. 6/AP, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Will Peterson's tenure as Idaho GOP chairman be as contentious as Norm Semanko's?
Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he can support either of two candidates he expects to run for the office next week. The prospects are Elmore County GOP Chairman Barry Peterson and Gayann DeMordaunt, the wife of freshman GOP Rep. Reed DeMourdaunt, R-Eagle. “I was hoping to avoid a floor fight, but I gave both of them the green light,” Otter said. Four years ago, the Idaho Republican Central Committee rejected Otter's choice, then-Chairman Kirk Sullivan, and elected lawyer/lobbyist Norm Semanko, pictured. Semanko is not seeking another term at next week's state convention in Twin Falls/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you have a favorite for the state GOP chairmanship being vacated by Norm Semanko?