After my post on the Idaho GOP proposed rule change, I kept an eye on the responses on social media. Here are a few that stood out.
Jared Larsen wrote this on my Facebook page: “I’ll be there (at the meeting). And if it gets out of the Rules Committee, I’ll be voting against it.”
Rep. Stephen Hartgen, on his Facebook page: “Here’s the resolution the TF GOP Central committee approved in May opposing a rule change which would allow only endorsed candidates to appear on the GOP primary ballot. We’ve submitted this resolution to the GOP for consideration this weekend at the summer meeting in McCall. As one of the drafters of this resolution, I do not think eliminating primaries as a way of candidate selection would be right for our state or party. The Idaho GOP has earned the continuing support of the people of the state through an open selection process of candidates, chosen by the people. The resolution opposes the rule which would eliminate this open process. “(Click on the link to read the resolution language.)
(By the way, many other Republican lawmakers have “liked” Hartgen’s posts against the proposal, including Jim Patrick, Jim Rice, Brandon Hixon, Shawn Keough and Darrel Bolz.)
Former Senate majority leader Rod Beck, who proposed the rule, responded to criticism on Hartgen’s Facebook page. “It’s interesting how this simple proposal has caused such a response. Some people are so intent on preserving their own position and are willing to do and say anything to hold onto power! At least the Idaho Republican Party is willing to consider all ideas presented. As opposed to the Idaho House of Representatives that would not allow an elected member to introduce an alternative plan. Simply amazing.”
Beck and Hartgen also had an exchange over the proposal in this thread.
Rep. Kelley Packer: “I, as a Republican, am in complete opposition to the proposed rule change. We should never limit the freedoms of others to choose what party they belong to and believe in, nor should we limit their right to run for office. Even if this rule passes, which I don’t believe it will, I don’t believe it would hold up under Idaho law.”
Times-News reporter Kimberlee Kruesi is heading to McCall to cover the meeting this weekend. Watch her Twitter feed, TNKruesi, for updates.