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Spencer, Ron Paulers Control Idaho R’s?

One conservative delegate said that only Ada and Twin Falls counties brought with them to Idaho Falls members of the old-guard Republican establishment. "Other than those two counties, I'd say conservatives have been successful getting their (delegates) here without a fight," said Larry Spencer, from Bonner County in northern Idaho. Spencer went further: U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, due to speak Saturday, "is not much of a Republican," he said. Simpson has fallen out with hard-core conservatives over his stances on the 2008 Wall Street bailout - he backed it - and a wilderness plan for central Idaho/John Miller, Associated Press. More here. (2006 SR File Photo: Jesse Tinsley: Larry Spencer, left, and Jess Goetz)

Question: What will become of moderate Republicans, if they don't bow to the Ron Paulers, Tea Partiers, and Libertarians who now seem to control the state GOP?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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