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Local GOP Ready To Deal w/Roetter

Kootenai County Republicans will probably vote to oust Matt Roetter as state committeeman when they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Judging from the minutes of the Sept. 28 meeting, Roetter doesn't appear to have many friends among the Elephants: "Chairman Tina Jacobson read a letter from the Idaho GOP Chairman, Norm Semanko concerning the Republican Party’s position on write‐in candidates. The concern at hand is the Kootenai County Republican Party State Committeeman’s public support for a write –in candidate in the General Election against the State of Idaho Representative in District 3B (Phil Hart). A question arose on what should be done to the Board member who openly supports a write in candidate. More below:

Question: Isn't it strange that local R's choose to remove Roetter rather than deal with Hart's ongoing trouble with the IRS & Idaho Tax Commission -- and timber theft?

candidate. A motion by Brad Salie requested the minutes from the Board meeting read with a 2nd by Bjorn Handeen. The secretary read minutes. Ken Chausse voted to remove Matt Roetter from his position as a Board Member representing the Republican Party in the capacity of State Committeeman a 2nd by Bryan Crabtree. Discussion continued and Josh Arnold moved that a call be issued to provide a vote at the next meeting. A secret ballot was conducted with a vote of 29 yes to and 16 no (1 vote undeterminable) to send a call letter.

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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