The Party From Wood River

Idaho Democrats elected Hailey attorney Keith Roark to be their party's chairman over the weekend.

Roark bested former gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brady for the job.

The intra-party sniping began early and continued late in the blogosphere. Conspiracy!

Here's the cold cup of coffee from new chairman Roark, in a prepared statement posted on the party's Web site.

“It is time for Idaho Democrats to take a cold, hard look at some rather dismal facts. In the general elections of 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, Idaho Democrats have lost twenty four of the twenty eight races for statewide office. Today, not one statewide elected official is a Democrat. We have not won a U.S. Senate race since 1974 and have lost every race for the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992."

Warm and fuzzy, no.

The realism continues:

“I am not naïve enough to believe that, ten years from now, the people of this state will say ‘2008 was the year Idaho Democrats made their comeback.’ But they will say that 2008 was the year the great comeback of the Idaho Democratic Party began.”

With Roark's election, the Idaho Democratic Party now has its leadership in the Legislature (House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet and Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett are both from Ketchum) the party all centered in the resort community of Sun Valley and environs.