Posts tagged: Kootenai County GOP
It's an issue that has been brewing within the Republican Party since January, when the state central committee officially sanctioned a liberty-based caucus within its party ranks. It played out locally Tuesday night, when one member of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee called on the committee to withhold support from the Republican Liberty Caucus until it brings its platform in line with the party's official platform. The motion was vigorously debated, but in the end the central committee voted overwhelmingly against the motion, and allowed them to continue supporting the organization. Committeeman Matt Roetter, who made the motion, sees the RLC as hijacking the party from inside/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: So is it time to start calling the local Republican governing board the Kootenai County RINO Central Committee?
GOP Precinct Committeeman Duane Rasmussen sent the following email to Huckleberries re: the Liberty Caucus that is planning an Expo in Coeur d'Alene:
As a member of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee I was not invited to the program, which, according to some accounts, was purported to be appealing to members of the Republican Central Committee. Although I am not surprised. I have spoken to other members of Central Committee who were also not invited. This is a Phil Hart organization. Also, to my knowledge the so called Republican Liberty Caucus made no announcement of their event at any Central Committee meeting. Another observation. I did not see any of the Republican Liberty Caucus people at Brad Little's breakfast yesterday even though his event filled the venue. There is clearly a split in the Party.”
Jeff Ward: Jennifer (Locke), that component of our horrendous state election laws (that Central Committees can decide whether a candidate in a GOP primary is truly a Republican) is a holdover from the days before party registration. In the current environment I oppose any attempt to deny the voters a choice on election day. It is inconceivable that the Central Committee would have the power to declare opponents to incumbent precinct committeeman “non-republicans.” Had that power been executed four years ago many of the current Committee members like Bjorn Handeen and Phil Hart, would have been disallowed because a history on involvement in other political parties.
Question: Are you surprised that the purity test resolution proposed by Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen failed so badly?
Item: In search of party purity: Republican Central Committee mulls new resolution/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: Another resolution will come before the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee tonight that if passed, would create a sub-committee charged with screening candidates to ensure they are true Republicans. The resolution points out that an important responsibility of the KCRCC is to promote Republican philosophy, but the KCRCC has failed to show any concern regarding whether or not a Republican candidate has promoted or opposed the Republican philosophy. The drafters of the resolution are asking the committee to establish an ad hoc subcommittee to develop an endorsement event for the 2014 Kootenai County Officer elections, and they want to urge the Republican candidates to abide by the party's endorsements.
Duane Rasmussen: “I am completely opposed to this,” (Duane Rasmussen) said Monday. “It is just silliness.” He said the Congressman Ron Paul followers are dominating the party and now they want to start picking the Republican candidates.
Question: How do you think this resolution will play out tonight?
The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee opposed the guest speaker planned for local Republicans' annual Lincoln Day Dinner by a 31-30 vote tonight. Richard Mack, an Arizona sheriff in the 1990s, has been under fire locally since 14 GOP leaders signed a letter opposing his appearance at the annual fundraiser. The vote taken tonight was launched on a motion by Jeff Ward, a precinct committeeman and key Reagan Republicans figure. HucksOnline hasn't learned whether the vote will be binding and Mack disinvited. After the meeting, Ward was confronted by angry Coeur d'Alene Councilman Steve Adams. The meeting adjourned without the scheduled Central Committee practice for the March 6 caucuses.
Kootenai County Republicans will stage their presidential caucus at several locations March 6, according to a news release from Chairwoman Tina Jacobson. “Due to the large number of Republican voters that we have in this county and the lack of a building large enough to hold all the people we are anticipating, we voted to hold the caucus at several different locations simultaneously throughout the county,” the news release said. Only “affiliated Republicans” will be allowed to participate in the caucus. Affiliation forms are available from precinct committeemen or the County Clerk's Web site. Caucus doors will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. The doors will be closed when voting begins at 7 p.m. You can read the entire news release here. And: You can see where caucus sites will be located here.
Question: Do you plan to participate in the Kootenai County Republican caucus?
… That prominent Kootenai County Republican Angela Cross wrote a terse letter to Reagan Republican leader Jeff Ward, chastizing him for urging a boycott his followers to boycott the county GOP Central Committee meeting last night. HucksOnline has obtained a copy of that letter. Cross, wife of Region 1 GOP Chairman John Cross, writes to Ward that “encouraging your fellow PC's (precinct committeemen) to not attend a 'legal' meeting of the KCRCC where the problem (plan to reduce voting precincts) can be discussed in an open forum and voted on rather than only you being able to use your bully pulpit, smacks of arrogance.” Also in the letter, Cross criticized Ward for being part of a public relations group (Ron Lahr's Strategery) that has made money from candidates endorsed by Reagan Republicans. Cross culminates her letter to Ward by saying: “Ronald Reagan would be ashamed of your behavior.”