Factions in Idaho Republican Party on Display at Coeur d'Alene Event

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ADAM ROSENLUND
  • Adam Rosenlund

It's no secret that there's a split in the Republican Party, but nowhere is that more on display in Idaho than Kootenai County, where competing factions of the Idaho GOP held two separate Lincoln Day events in Coeur d'Alene this weekend.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the North Idaho Political Action Committee—formed in 2011 to support "reasonable" Republicans against a wave of hard right-wing candidates—hosted a luncheon with candidates at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course, while the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee had scheduled a free meet-and-greet at the Post Falls American Legion building at the same time.

According to the Press, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter attended the $45-a-plate NIPAC event, along with 250 party members and a range of candidates vying for seats in the May 20 primary election. Meridian Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher, who is challenging Otter in the primary, attended the Post Falls event, which included about 100 attendees.

One point of contention between the factions, the Press reports, is how central committee leadership handles the party's finances. That didn't stop the GOPers from coming together that night, where about 400 Republicans gathered at the Coeur d'Alene Resort for the party's Lincoln Day Dinner.