The GUARDIAN got no fewer than five calls from Republicans wishing to offer a version of the family feud that erupted during the monthly Ada County Central Committee meeting Tuesday at the Court House.
Party faithful, and candidates all seem to be a reflection of today’s society and politicos–they don’t trust each other.
A guy named Steve Ricks running against Russ Fulcher in a legislative race was effectively excommunicated because he has sued his party–costing it about $20,000 to defend, but still runs under their banner as a Republican. A vote to censure him was passed.
His wasn’t the only dirty laundry aired Tuesday. Former Commish, current candidate and City Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt’s party loyalty came into question as well. Bisterfeldt has supported Dems Walt Minnick in Congress and Brandon Durst in the Idaho House as well as Maryanne Jordan on City Council, Paul Woods and David Langhorst for Commish.
A GUARDIAN reader and attendee at the GOP meeting said, “The Idaho Statesman should have used Sharon Ullman’s name in the paper because she is the one who made the motions.” The reader then added, “Vern’s independence is one thing, but his loyalty is another. Call it what you will.”
Ullman made no secret of calling for a vote against Ada Commish candidates Bisterfeldt and Roger Simmons. Ultimately the Repubs decided to be positive–They tossed Bisterfeldt and Simmons under the bus and made an unprecedented primary campaign endorsement of incumbent Commishes Fred Tilman and Rick Yzaguirre.
Meanwhile Bisterfeldt notes he once defeated Ullman in a bid for a Commish seat when SHE ran as a Dem.
“That is true,” said Ullman. I didn’t understand what Republicans really stood for and now I do. I am in pretty good company since Ronald Reagan was also a Democrat at one time.”
FROM POET PAUL–
Ada County has a great commish race
As candidates state their case
It’s interesting to see
Who the G O P
Has given a slap in the face!
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