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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?

GOP Faction Opposes Event Speaker

The selection of Richard Mack as the keynote speaker at the Kootenai County Republican Party's March 24 Lincoln Day Dinner isn't sitting well with a group of prominent party members. Mack, a self-described “constitutional conservative” and frequent speaker on the national Tea Party circuit, is a former Arizona sheriff. Now living in Texas, Mack is running for Congress in his district's Republican primary. A letter opposing Mack's appearance at the annual Republican party dinner and fundraiser was sent Monday to county party chair Tina Jacobson (pictured) and secretary Lorri Erickson. It was signed by 14 elected Central Committee members. Letter signer Jeff Ward, Precinct 23 Committeeman and president of the Idaho Federation of Reagan Republicans, told The Press they are troubled by the selection of Mack because “he's been fairly hostile to the Republican party.” “It just doesn't make any sense to me,” he said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone care to read the tea leaves here re: division among Kootenai County Republicans?

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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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”?

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