Proposed GOP rule would require party endorsement for candidates

UPDATE: Read the rules here: 2013 IDGOP State Central Committee Proposed Rules

The Idaho GOP is meeting this week in McCall. I read the proposed rule changes, and one caught my eye.

The change would force prospective Republican primary candidates to receive an endorsement of the state or county Republican party.

The proposal says candidates for constitutional offices (like the governor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor), U.S. Senate, and Congress must get a certified letter of endorsement from the Idaho Republican Party governing body and chairman, legislative candidates must get a certified letter from the legislative district committee chairman, and county officials (like sheriffs and and commissioners) must get a certified letter of endorsement from the county chairman. (Those committee heads may endorse more than one candidate.)

All of those verified letters would be submitted to the Secretary of State for statewide or Congressional elections and the county clerk for county elections, and the Secretary of State and county clerks would only be allowed to publish names on the verified letters.

The implications of this are huge. Let’s say, hypothetically, the governing body of the Republican party disagrees with Gov. Otter. They could decline to endorse Otter for the primary, meaning Otter would have to run as an independent in the general election, or not run at all. If the governing body wasn’t a fan of Mike Simpson, they could decide to put only, say, Chick Heileson’s name on there. If state Sen. Shawn Keough’s central committee didn’t like her, they could decide not to endorse her, and her name wouldn’t be on the ballot. This filters down to county auditors and treasurers and assessors.

Boiled down, that means a small group of people could decide who is Republican enough to appear on the ballot with an R next to their names.

The proposal was submitted by Rod Beck.

Steve Millington, the Twin Falls County Republican Party Chairman, verified that the proposed rule is authentic. The Twin Falls County Republicans don’t agree with the proposal, and sent in a resolution opposing it, he said.

The Republicans will vote on the proposed rule change this weekend. Expect a show-down.

Here’s a copy-and-paste of the proposed rule change. UPDATE: The link to the full PDF is at the top of the post. The proposal is on page four.

Proposed Rule Change 2013 – P08
Proposed Rule Amendment to Article X
Submitted by Rod Beck, Region 4 Chair
Addition of a “Section 5” to ARTICLE X: INTEGRITY IN GOVERNMENT as states:
Section 5: Any Candidate seeking the Republican Nomination for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction & Controller shall first request an endorsement for such office from the Governing body of the Idaho Republican Party. The Chairman of the Idaho Republican party shall provide a certified letter to the Idaho Secretary of State no later than the filling deadline, as provided by law, of all candidates who properly requested and received the endorsement of the Idaho Republican Party. The Idaho Republican Party may provide an endorsement for multiple candidates for the same office. The Idaho Secretary of State shall only publish names of candidates on the Idaho Republican Primary Ballot that are contained on the certified letter from the Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.
Section 6: Any Candidate seeking the Republican Nomination for United States Senate or the United States House of Representatives shall first request an endorsement for such office from the Governing body of the Idaho Republican Party.
The Chairman of the Idaho Republican party shall provide a certified letter to the Idaho Secretary of State no later than the filling deadline, as provided by law, of all candidates who properly requested and received the endorsement of the Idaho Republican Party. The Idaho Republican Party may provide an endorsement for multiple candidates for the same office.
Only Members of the Governing body that are registered to vote in the Congressional District applicable shall vote for the endorsement. The Idaho Secretary of State shall only publish names of candidates on the Idaho Republican Primary Ballot that are contained on the certified letter from the Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.
Section 7: Any Candidate seeking the Republican Nomination for the Idaho legislature shall first request an endorsement for such office from the Governing body of the Idaho Republican Party. The Legislative District Chairman shall provide a certified letter to the Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party no later than 5 days prior to the filing deadline, as provided by law. The Chairman of the Idaho Republican party shall provide a certified letter to the Idaho Secretary of State no later than the final filling deadline, as provided by law, of all candidates in each legislative district who properly requested and received the endorsement of the Idaho Republican Party Legislative District Committee. The Idaho Republican Party Legislative District committee may provide an endorsement for multiple candidates for the same office.
Only Members of the Governing body that are registered to vote in the Legislative District applicable shall vote for the endorsement. The Idaho Secretary of State shall only publish names of candidates on the Idaho Republican Primary
Ballot that are contained on the certified letter from the Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.
Section 8: Any Candidate seeking the Republican Nomination for County Commissioner, Clerk Auditor, Sherriff, Treasurer, Coroner & Assessor shall first request an endorsement for such office from the Governing body of the Idaho Republican Party in the County of the office the candidate is seeking. The Republican County Chairman of each County in Idaho shall provide a certified letter to the Clerk/ Auditor in that County no later than the filling deadline, as provided by law, of all candidates in the County who properly requested and received the endorsement of the County Republican Party Governing Body. The County Republican Party may provide an endorsement for multiple candidates for the same office. Only Members of the Republican County Governing body shall vote for the endorsement. The County Clerk/ Auditor shall only publish names of candidates on the Idaho Republican Primary Ballot that are contained on the certified letter from the Republican County Chairman of that County.

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