Idaho GOP Convention: A Lot of Stuff


Kelly Steele (center) with sons Keegan (left) and Collin (right).
  • George Prentice
  • Kelly Steele (center) with sons Keegan (left) and Collin (right).

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney can take credit for the creation of at least one small business this year: the Steele family's "GOP Stuff," an all-things-Republican traveling store that has set up shop this weekend at the Idaho GOP State Convention on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

"We've been on the road since January," said Kelly Steele, a Park City, Utah, mom with her boys, 15-year-old Keegan and 12-year old Collin, in tow. "This is our family income."

"We've been to Arizona, Texas, Utah, Washington and now Idaho," said Keegan, who along with his brother make campaign buttons, all of them promoting presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Ironically, one of the hot sellers implored to "Stop Spending Now!" It sold for $4.

"We decided early on to build our whole family business on Romney for President materials," said Steele. "We decided to back the candidate who had the best chance to defeat Barack Obama."

Steele, who home-schools the boys on the road, said business was brisk with Idaho Republicans.

"And you may recognize my husband, Chris. He's on late-night cable television a lot," she said. "He's the TV host, usually selling exercise equipment."