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Reagan Repub Leader Backs Recall

In his weekly newsletter, Reagan Republican founder Jeff Ward compares the Wisconsin recall effort to the failed one in Wisconsin: "The next possible recall election is right here in Coeur d'Alene. Recall CDA is expected to submit recall petitions for the Mayor and three council members to the City Clerk on Monday.  If enough signatures are certified there will be an upcoming recall election in the city.  Although many individual Reagan Republicans have been active in gathering signatures and promoting the Recall, as an organization we have not taken an official stand.  KCRR encourages members to be actively involved and participate whether they support or oppose the recall petitions. Frankly, from my personal standpoint, the issue in this recall is the same as in Wisconsin.  Will special interests continue to exchange power for money?  While Gov. Walker made a stand against this system, the four officials from Coeur d'Alene subject to recall stand for it.  In the case of Coeur d'Alene the interests in the coalition that opposes the recall are familiar: public employees, city officials, and special interests with a financial interest in the perpetuation of the status quo." More here.

DFO: Jeff Ward's inability to acknowledge the tremendous progress made in Coeur d'Alene under the Bloem administration is why I view the Reagan Republicans as a group that seeks partisan rather than community good -- and only a slightly better alternative than United Conservatives of North Idaho.

Question: Are you surprised that Reagan Republicans aren't taking a position as a group in favor of the recall when founder Jeff Ward clearly supports the Souza-Orzell-Sims attempt to topple the Bloem administration?

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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