Now Playing: Down on the Corner - CCR
Topic: 2008 Campaigns
The Idaho State GOP Convention was convened in Sandpoint, Idaho from Thursday 12 June 08 through Saturday 14 June 08. Bonner County Republican Central Committee Chairman, Cornel Rasor, worked tirelessly with Convention Co-Chairs, Senator Shawn Keough and Dover Committeeman Verna Brady along with the best GOP volunteers in the gem state to produce a near flawless 2008 State Republican Convention.
Many factions came together at the Bonner County Fairgrounds to produce a pretty good platform, voted in most of the incumbent officers, added former State Controller, Keith Johnson, as Treasurer; and in a close vote named Blake Hall as National Committeeman.
To ward off a challenge to the State Chairmanship by former State Senator Rod Beck a broad based coalition supported former D1 Congressional Candidate Norm Semanko for the leadership role. Norm was voted in as Chairman, Idaho GOP late on Saturday afternoon.
Outgoing 2-time Chairman, Dr. J. Kirk Sullivan offered his congratulations and some advice: "Get Up Early, Stay Up Late, and Work Hard". The new Chairman is faced with many challenges, not the least of which is that at least two anonymous legislators are calling for the Governor to punish those who engineered Semanko's victory.
Now we will find out if the Idaho GOP is a party of Unity working to elect Republicans in 2008 or if we are a party of factions trying to outmaneuver, punish, and control one another.
There is much at stake not just this summer and fall but think about who is up for election in 2 years. Republicans are keeping track of uniters and dividers and expect leadership to truly come together behind all of our Republican candidates in 2008.