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Jacobson, Exec Board Reinvites Mack

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee's February 28 vote to retract the former Arizona sheriff's invitation to speak at the Lincoln Day Dinner has been tossed by the party's executive board. Mack will be the featured guest speaker, as originally scheduled, at the March 24 Lincoln Day Dinner at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, according to a press release sent out by party chair, Tina Jacobson (pictured). Mack was slated to headline the event, a fundraiser for the Kootenai County Republican Party, but his appearance was canceled following a vote during the February 28 meeting of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. It was later alleged, based on a private investigation, that the deciding vote for disinviting Mack was a forged proxy ballot/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will the unilateral action by Chairwoman Tina Jacobson and the Executive Committee to reinvite Richard Mack further divide the splintered Kootenai County Republican Party?

County GOP Disinvites Mack To Speak

Richard Mack will not be speaking at this year's Lincoln Day Dinner. After nearly two hours of often acrimonious debate, a nearly evenly divided Kootenai County Republican Central Committee voted Tuesday in favor of rescinding the party's invitation to Mack, a Tea Party activist and former Arizona sheriff, to be the keynote speaker at their March 24 dinner and fundraiser. The roll call vote of 31-30 was taken after the party chair, Tina Jacobson (pictured), defended the procedure followed to select Mack and chided a group of elected precinct committee members for signing a letter opposing Mack's selection and giving the letter to members of the media. “We've had discussions in this room about airing our laundry in the press,” Jacobson said. She said going to the newspapers with party business hurts the organization and shows divisiveness. “And the Democrats are passing the popcorn,” Jacobson said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did Kootenai County Republicans help/hurt themselves by disinviting controversial Richard Mack to speak at their Lincoln Day Dinner March 24?

County GOP Votes 31-30 Against Mack

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.

Mack Eager To Speak To Local Repubs

Ex-Arizona sheriff Richard Mack said Friday (of the challenge by some Kootenai County Republicans to his scheduled Lincoln Day speech: “If Republicans support the Constitution, less government, individual liberty, less taxation, and standing for States' rights and against a $16 trillion debt, then they will like my presentation. I absolutely guarantee it.” He said he's honored to be invited to speak at the event. “I have quoted (former President Ronald) Reagan and Lincoln frequently in my books and throughout my career,” Mack said. “Jeff Ward is president of the Reagan Republicans. Does he not know that Reagan was once a Democrat?” Mack said that while he was registered as a Democrat, “I was the first sheriff in American history to sue the federal government and the head of the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton, on the issue of state sovereignty.” He said he won that case in the U.S. Supreme Court/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you always been a member of your current political party?

Letter Applauds Mack Appearance

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press (re: GOP faction opposes Richard Mack speech), Thomas Robinson, GOPrecinct 2 Committeeman from Spirit Lake writes: “Of the Central Committee members who signed the letter, one has been to one meeting since the last primary, one attended two, and five more have missed five to 15 meetings. If they would get involved, perhaps they would know more. That would require some effort on their part, but they think they should be the VIP boss, and the VIP doesn’t work. Since they aren’t the VIP, they would rather sulk and complain. On one of my shifts at the county fair, one of your complainers showed up. He sat in the back of the booth the whole shift, talking on his phone. Did no work. Haven’t noticed a lot of them participating at the three parades I was in, either.” More here. (Wikipedia photo of Richard Mack)

Question: Would you want to hear controversial ex-Arizona sheriff Richard Mack speak?

OOST: GOP Picks Birth Sympathizer?

OutofStaterTater: If I’m late to the party on this topic, I apologize, but I thought this was totally sweet: the keynote for the Kootenai County Lincoln Day this year is Sheriff Richard Mack, who regularly speaks to, and works with…wait for it…The John Birch Society. Ok, so that’s not totally sweet. Actually, it’s an embarassment. Yes folks, the John Birch Society - the group that accused Eisenhower of being a communist operative. The group that thought Reagan was a liberal and a sellout to the left. ?!? The group that regularly peddles paranoid conspiracy theories and thinly-veiled anti-Semitism. And Sheriff Mack apparently thinks that’s all ok. So does the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, apparently. Yow.

Question: Are there any official John Birch Society groups meeting in the Inland Northwest?

Tea Party Activist Keynotes GOP Event

Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack (pictured), a Tea Party activist, will be the guest speaker of the 2012 Lincoln Dinner & Fundraiser staged by the Kootenai County Republican Party at the Coeur d'Alene Resort at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24. A news release just received by HucksOnline describes Mack as “a powerful, experience speaker, a strong advocate of states' rights and individual freedoms.” He will discuss “the County Sheriff Project, the Oath of Office, citizens' personal freedoms and the importance of the office of Sheriff to defend those freedoms.” General admission to the event if $50 per person. You can read more here.

Question: What is the “County Sheriff Project”?

Spence: Abe Gives Way To McCarthy

Party stalwarts are free to adopt whatever resolutions best reflect their beliefs, of course, but they might want to consider a name change, if only to achieve truth in advertising. Rather than “Lincoln Day” celebrations, perhaps it should now be “McCarthy Day.” With his crippling fears and witch-hunt mentality, old Joe would have felt right at home in Idaho Falls. He could have brought along his list of 205 names, 205 known Communists, known illegals, 205 known Republicans in name only and unnatural spouses. He could have conducted hearings and rooted them out, once again saving us from ourselves/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune.  More here.

Question: Is the Idaho Republican Party embracing the ideology and tactics of infamous Sen. Joe McCarthy?

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