(BOISE, ID) – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson want to bridge the divide in Idaho’s Republican Party. They’ve called a meeting of party leaders on August 2, to determine who will become the next party chairman. Last month’s state convention ended in a meltdown between the establishment and the Tea Party, without the election of a new chair. Until that time, incumbent Barry Peterson will retain his seat. Peterson had initially planned to reconvene August 9, but now says he’s open to compromise.
Caleb Despain, EastIdahoNews.com
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com