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Purist Idaho GOP Tells Repub To Scram

New rules, courtesy of the Idaho GOP: From now on, elections are strictly advisory. If those know-it-alls at the state Republican convention disapprove of the results, they'll just call a do-over. That's what party faithful said last weekend. Delegates to the state convention voted to send a letter urging Republican Vern Bisterfeldt (pictured) to abandon his race for Ada County commissioner. Because Bisterfeldt has publicly supported Democrats, the GOP wants to exile one of Ada County's best-known and longest-serving public officials, a former policeman, former county commissioner and current Boise City Council member. The politics of partisan purity have gone statewide, having flopped on the local level/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Idaho GOP telling a respected Ada County political candidate to abandon his race for commissioner because he supported Democrats in the past?

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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