by Andrew Crisp
After a coin toss administered by Ada County Clerk Christopher D. Rich, Ron Paul supporter Brock Frazier was declared the winner in the race for Republican committeeman in Precinct 1915 over his opponent, Roger Brown, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's deputy chief of staff. The two candidates both garnered 22 votes in the May 15 primary, and the tie-breaking coin toss was required by Idaho law.
Rich chose a commemorative gold coin sold at Idaho's Republican presidential caucus on March 6 for the flip. He spun the coin across a desk on the first floor of the Ada County Courthouse in a final test run.
Frazier and Brown moved in close to watch as Rich prepped the coin. Frazier was chosen to call his side. He picked tails, thanks to a math-major friend's tip.
"I'll have to send Dustin Francis of Kirby, Kan., a thank-you," Frazier said.
After winning, Frazier said he chose to run because the Republican Party has strayed from its original platform. A Ron Paul backer, Frazier is one of many supporters who sought precinct posts to create a majority in hopes of overturning Mitt Romney's victory at the GOP caucus.
"If you think about the wars, for example. President [George W.] Bush got us into them." he said. "Who got us into the wars of the past—Korea, Vietnam? It was Democrats. The Republicans got us out."
Frazier said he supports Paul's candidacy for president because he will balance the budget.
"He's the only person with a plan to balance the budget. It's going to take a lot of cuts," he said. "We can use a lot of creative math, but that's not going to do it."
Frazier will be awarded his certificate of office at an upcoming reorganization meeting in Twin Falls at the state GOP convention, being held Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 23.