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North Idaho GOP Rift Surprises Mack

A former Arizona sheriff whose speaking appearance today in North Idaho has created a rift among local Republicans called on Spokane County politicians Friday to make protecting the Constitution their No. 1 priority. Richard Mack disputed claims that he’s a darling of the militia movement in his speech at the Spokane County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Mack, who frequently speaks at national tea party events and is an outspoken critic of gun control, said he’s never advocated violence against federal officials. “My message across this country has been one of hope – that we can take our country back in a peaceful manner,” Mack told the packed crowd, which included many Spokane County GOP officials. “Where we take America back is county by county and sheriff by sheriff”/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: Put on your prognosticating hat and predict what will happen at the Kootenai County Lincoln Day Dinner tonight, featuring speaker Richard Mack.

Mack Strikes Back At Press Editorial

Richard Mack, the controversial speaker for the Kootenai County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner March 24, sent this response to the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial (“What's behind Mack attack”) this week: “You entirely used things about me that have very little to do with my record and what I've done. You brought up “militias” and “legalized drugs.” Well, I have never been involved with any militia group in my life and you have seen nothing to support that I have. You attempt to make me the “black eye” when I have never committed a crime and have not forged anything relating to this entire situation. But someone appears to have done that there and you focused on me? Whether I am too far right for your tastes has nothing to do with the fact that the dishonesty displayed by some of the neocons in your backyard have nothing to do with my 'extremist' views.” More here.

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Labrador Sets CdA Townhall March 24

Rep. Raul Labrador will be at The Coeur d'Alene Resort March 24 for an hour-long town hall style campaign event. From 2-3 p.m.in The Resort's Shore Room, the Republican congressman will discuss “issues that matter to Idahoans, and how Congressman Raul Labrador has kept his promises of 2010.” The event is hosted by The Raul Labrador for Idaho Committee/Coeur d'Alene Press.

DFO: The date for Congressman Labrador's town hall meeting coincides with the annual Kootenai County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. Which seems to indicate that the congressman will attend the speech by controversial speaker Richard Mack.

Question: Does anyone know which other high-ranking elected officials in Idaho will attend the Lincoln Day Dinner?

Ward: Spencer Spreads Disinformation

Since fourteen members of the Kootenai County Central Committee sent a letter objecting to the selection of Richard Mack as the keynote speaker of the Lincoln Day Dinner, many of you have been contacted by proponents (namely a KCRCC non-member, Larry Spencer) who have spread disinformation about our letter.  Let me set a few facts straight. I composed the letter with ideas and research by a number of signers. Since it was a letter sent to the KCRCC Chair and Secretary with copies sent to signatories and various KCRCC members (whose email was on the original KCRCC Roster) there was an expectation of that the letter would be public. It was sent on Monday February 20th.  I did not forward it to anyone else.   I responded to a media email on the afternoon of Tuesday February 21st by a reporter who had seen a copy of the letter. There seems to be some confusion about the nature of our objections to Mack speaking that have been further obscured by the disinformation mentioned above/Jeff Ward, Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. More here.

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14 Key R’s Object To Lincoln Speaker

14 key Kootenai County Republicans have signed a letter to Central Committee Chairwoman Tina Jacobson objecting to the selection of former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack (pictured) as the Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker. Here's a sample of the text: “Mr. Mack has been presented to us as a former Sheriff and a Republican candidate for Congress.  Upon further research, it is quite evident that Mr. Mack’s support of the Republican Party and Republican Party candidates is inconsistent, intermittent and questionable.  He does not appear to have ever shared the common goal of promoting the Republican Party and our Republican candidates. In fact, Mr. Mack’s political history has shown a consistent opposition to the Republican Party and a strong affinity to other political parties, including the Democrat, Libertarian and Constitution Parties. Mr. Mack was elected twice as a Democrat to the office of county sheriff in Arizona and defeated for re-election as a Democrat in 1996.” The letter was signed by Lori Gervais, chairwoman of the 3rd Legislative District & 13 precinct committeemen. Full letter here.

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