Raul Labrador was supposed to fix everything. The Republican U.S. congressman was in Moscow for the June 2014 Idaho GOP state convention, trying to lead his party out of a longtime power struggle between moderates and a powerful Tea Party faction. That didn't happen. Not by a long shot. Right-wingers tried to expel a raft of less right-wing delegates (mostly from the Treasure Valley), and the whole thing broke down without electing officers or adopting a platform. Labrador left Moscow licking his wounds--"At least I tried to fix the problem," he said. Worse still, then-Chairman Barry Peterson retreated to the party's offices in Boise and had the locks changed. A lawsuit in July settled that Peterson was out, and, in August, gloriously bald East Idaho political consultant Steve Yates was elected as Grand Old Elephant.
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