Dave Johnston, the executive director of Idaho’s Republican Party, is only 27 years old, but he’s quickly mastering the art of herding cats. Those skills are handy in his line of work, where peace and harmony do not always prevail.
The GOP is the party of the Otter PAC, where pragmatism is not viewed as a dirty word, and followers of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, where “pragmatism” is another word for “liberalism.” It’s the party of legislators such as Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome, who as a co-chair of the budget committee sees a legitimate role for government. It’s also the party of Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, who views government overreach as the root of all evil/Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly. More here.
Question: Do you think the various factions of the Idaho Republican Party are learning to get along?