Idaho Republicans thinking of tossing their hats into the political ring may want to hold onto those hats until they get the blessing of their party's elite.
The Associated Press' John Miller reports that GOP candidates may have to win approval "according to a proposed internal party rule change." The plan is expected to be considered at the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee meeting, slated for this coming weekend in Valley County.
"What I envision is, our local precinct committee people will become more important to legislators than the lobbyists at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, or other Boise-based lobbyists," Region 4 GOP Chairman Rod Beck told the AP. Beck pointed to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield because he said some GOP Idaho legislators ignored the wishes of the Idaho Republican Central Committee which opposed a state-based insurance exchange, yet passed during the 2013 legislative session.
But some of those lawmakers are pushing back against Beck's proposal. They have fired off a letter, calling the proposal "elitist." Among those signing the letter were House Speaker Scott Bedke, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and numerous members of the Idaho House and Senate.