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Mack Speech Goes Off Without Hitch

Richard Mack felt apprehensive about coming to Coeur d'Alene. Speaking moments before he was to take the stage as the controversial keynote speaker during the Republican party's primary fundraiser, Mack said he never felt as unwelcome as he did before coming to Coeur d'Alene. “This has never happened to me before,” the Republican candidate in Texas for the U.S. House of Representatives told The Press about the decision by the local party to bar him from speaking. But the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee re-invited Mack to speak at its Lincoln Day Dinner and Mack said he was glad to accept it - again. “After I saw the crowd and talked to the people I felt good,” he said. “I guess I didn't hurt attendance any”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What will be the fallout of this event?

Official Roll Call To Disinvite Mack

Huckleberries has received the minutes of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meeting of Feb. 28, which includes of the official roll call on a motion by Jeff Ward to disinvite Richard Mack from speaking at the county Lincoln Day Dinner. The motion passed 31-30 but was later overturned unilaterally by the executive committee on a technicality.

  • In favor (31): Rodney Twete, Paul Matthews, Fred Meckel, Donna Montgomery, Jan Olsen, Duane Rasmussen, Ronald Honner, Barry McHugh, Luke Sommer, Jacquie Mayor, Peggy Miller, Mike McDowell, Marv Lekstrum, Jim Pierce, Gary Ingram, Julie Chadderdon, Ruth Smith, Kelly Chadderdon, Sharon Culbreth, Linda Nelson, Anita Banta, Joy Seward, Rachel Riggs, Larry Berreth, Jeff Ward, Ron Lahr, Betty Ann Henderson, Ron Nilson, Bob Hollingsworth, Jeff Tyler and Brad Corkill.
  • Opposed (30): Roger Benoit, Tom Robinson, Melanie Vanderfeer, Neil Oliver, Brad Salie, Bruce Maddux, Jeannine Frisque, Frank Reid, Ruthie Johnson, Doug Weir, Steve Adams, Allen Richardson, Jim Brannon, Mike Oliver, Bjorn Handeen, Jimmy Masters, Wendy Medlock, Fred Ostermeyer, Bob Whitehead, Bryan Crabtee, Larry Gilman, Joe Malloy, John Cross, Tony Wisniewski, Ronald Mendive, Alice Rankin, Kenneth Chausse, George Mitchell, Duane Thompson, Chairwoman Tina Jacobson.
  • GOP Central Committee minutes of Feb. 28 meeting here

Question: Does this vote define which side of the GOP divide county precinct committee members are on, whether Reagan/Reasonable Republican or the Constitutionalist-Libertarian?

Divisive Mack Coming To INorthwest

A former Arizona sheriff revered by the militia movement for his outspoken criticism of gun control and government tyranny is returning to the Inland Northwest for meetings with local GOP groups, triggering a rift among some Republicans. Richard Mack, who now lives in Texas and is running for U.S. Congress, is a self-described conservative constitutionalist with ties to various political parties and movements. He served as sheriff of rural Graham County, Arizona as a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for governor of Utah as a Libertarian and now is trying to unseat a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the GOP’s upcoming Texas primary. He will be a featured speaker at fundraisers for the Republican parties of Spokane and Kootenai counties, though his North Idaho appearance was canceled at one point, then re-established after fraud allegations arose from the intra-GOP process used to disinvite him/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: What will be the long-term fallout from Libertarian-Constitutionalist wing of local GOP forcing Mack onto Reagan/Reasonable Republican wing?

How They Voted On Mack Disinvite

Here's the unofficial list of how Kootenai County GOP CC precinct members voted on the motion to disinvite Richard Mack from speaking at Kootenai County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner March 24. Those voting yes were in support of disinviting Mack:

  • Yes: (31) Rod Twete, Paul Matthews, Fred Meckel, Donna Montgomery, Jan Olsen, Duane Rasmussen, Ron Honner, Barry McHugh, Luke Sommer, Jackie Mayo, Peggy Miller, Mike McDowell, Marv Lekstrum, Jim Pierce, Gary Ingram, Ruth Smith, Julie Chadderdon, Kelly Chadderdon (contested ballot), Sharon Culbreth, Linda Nelson, Anita Banta, Joy Seward, Rachel Riggs, Larry Bareth, Jeff Ward, Ron Lahr, Betty Ann Henderson, Ron Nilson, Bob Hollingsworth, Jeff Tyler and Brad Corkill.
  • And a list of those who voted against the motion to disinvite: No (30): Roger Benoit, Tom Robinson, Melanie VanderFeer, Neil Oliver, Fred Sali, Bruce Maddox, Jeanie Fritz, Frank Reid, Ruthie Johnson, Doug Weir, Steve Adams, Allen Richardson, Jim Brannon, Mike Oliver, Bjorn Handeen, Jimmy Masters, Wendy Medlock, Fred Ostermeyer, Bob Whiteman, Brad Crabtree, Larry Gilman, Joe Malloy, John Cross, Tony Wisniewski, Ron Mendive, Alice Rankin, Ken Chause, George Mitchell, Duane Thompson, and Tina Jacobson.
  • The executive committee voted to overthrow the vote and invited Mack to speak March 24, citing possibly forgery with one of the proxy ballots.

Poll: Mack Disinvite Right Move

  • Tuesday Poll: 84 of 139 respondents (60.43%) supported the 31-30 decision by the Kootenai County GOP CC to disinvite controversial former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack from speaking at the local Lincoln Day Dinner March 24. 35 of 139 respondents (25.18%) disagreed with the decision made Tuesday night. 20 respondents (14.39%) were undecided.
  • Urban Renewal Districts: 84 of 139 respondents (62.75%) voted that they don't want to see urban renewal districts eliminated in Idaho. 33 of 102 (32.35%) said they want to see URDs banned altogether. 5 respondents (4.9%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Why do you usually visit the Coeur d'Alene Resort?

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