[Vision2020] Moscow may lose GOP convention

Saundra Lund v2020 at ssl1.fastmail.fm
Fri Nov 1 10:55:51 PDT 2013

LeeAnn Callear & Barry Peterson continue to eat their own?  What a surprise . . . not!  Those two names should tell everyone all they need to know about the latest stunts by the Taliban contingent of Idaho’s GOP.


As probably everyone here is aware, I’m no Walter Steed cheerleader & will be voting against him on Tuesday, but I’ve posted here before about Callear’s & Peterson’s shameful antics, and if I were a betting woman, my bet would be that we’d find that creepy David Klingenberg has been hard at work behind the scenes to fan the flames of this latest attempt to screw Moscow & the Latah County GOP.


As for timber-stealing Gresham Bouma supporter LeeAnn Callear’s comments about Peterson being easy to get along with, the woman wouldn’t know the truth if it reared up and bit her on the backside.  Peterson has had more than his share of run-ins around the state with Idaho Republicans who aren’t tea baggers.  Peterson has gone so far as to think his central committee could remove duly elected officials . . . until, that is, he got slapped down by Idaho’s Attorney General office.  Shades of Saddam Hussein, anyone?


For those who don’t remember, LeeAnn Callear is the whack-a-do who -- less than 24 hours after the first delivery of what came to be known as “Postcardgate” -- sent an embarrassing fundraising mass email for Gresham Bouma, Issac Young, and Dave McGraw capitalizing on the mailing.  The timing was astonishing . . . like she had her email ready to go before the postcards were even mailed.  Very weird.  Hmmm . . . I wonder if the authorities ever investigated her as the sender?  That case is still open, isn’t it?




Saundra Lund

Moscow, ID


My doctrine is this:  that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and we do nothing, we make ourselves sharers of the guilt.

~ Anna Sewell





From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] On Behalf Of Tom Hansen
Sent: Friday, November 01, 2013 6:33 AM
To: Moscow Vision 2020
Subject: [Vision2020] Moscow may lose GOP convention


" . . . Steed became confrontational and 'made a complete fool out of himself.'"


Doesn't Moscow have city council minutes with that exact phrase pre-printed on the form?


Courtesy of today's (November 1, 2013) Moscow-Pullman Daily News.



Moscow may lose GOP convention

State committee to discuss location after Steed clashes with state Republican official

Conflicts between the Idaho Republican Party executive committee and Latah County Republican Party Chairman Walter Steed could lead to the 2014 state convention being moved out of Moscow.

The state convention, held every two years, is to take place in June at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus. The location was voted on in January by the state GOP central committee, but recent tension between state Chairman Barry Peterson and Steed could change that.

On Tuesday, Peterson, elected as state chairman more than a year ago, drove more than six hours from his home in Mountain Home south of Boise to attend the Latah County GOP's meeting in Moscow, introduce himself and answer any questions.

"I just wanted to make myself available to them with the intent of trying to have a smooth working relationship regarding the upcoming convention to be held next summer," Peterson said.

Peterson said when he got there, Steed would not allow him time on the agenda, even though Peterson had called a week prior to let him know he'd be attending. Things went downhill from there, according to Steed, Peterson and LeeAnn Callear, state executive committee member.

Peterson said based on Steed's behavior Tuesday and prior issues with the convention's organization, the Idaho GOP executive committee is holding a teleconference meeting next week to discuss the location.

Callear, who was at the meeting, said she is going to push to pull the convention from Moscow and move it to Lewiston.

Steed said the agenda had already been set when Peterson called, and he didn't ask to be included on it.

"I was frankly surprised," Steed said. "We already had a full agenda and although we could have changed it, he needed to let me know that he wanted an amount of time."

At one point in a discussion of the convention, Steed said he asked Peterson to talk to the group about the possibility of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking at the event. Peterson said he told the group there was a tentative commitment, but nothing official.

Steed said Peterson then brought up a state GOP convention held in Sun Valley many years ago that had ended up $10,000 over budget and required the chairman to raise the extra money.

"I can only guess that that is his issue. He is afraid that this convention will go into the red even though we've shown him that it won't," Steed said, adding the current budget shows an $8,000 profit.

Callear, chairwoman of region II, which includes Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater and Idaho counties, said that's when communication got dicey between the two men.

Callear said Steed became confrontational with Peterson and "made a complete fool out of himself."

"I was very angry when Barry was treated so embarrassingly," Callear said. "This is about the Republican Party, this is not about Walter. We like our (state) chairman. One of the reasons he won is because of his personality and ease to get along with. I don't know why Walter has chosen to go after him with such a vendetta."

Peterson described it like trying to mix water and gasoline and said it was clear the two men wouldn't be able to work together. He said he'd never come across a situation like that before.

"On any given issue, if two people at the table are probably going to have two different opinions, that's just part of life, but even if you can't get along with the individual, you have to have some type of respect for the office and that didn't happen," Peterson said.

Steed declined to comment on that conversation between him and Peterson at the meeting. The two men said they have not contacted each other since, and Peterson said it's not likely to happen.

"For some time, the executive committee had struggled with some of the characteristics of the convention being in Moscow, but because we voted on it, I've been very determined that we were going to have the meeting in Moscow," Peterson said. "Well, because of the treatment that I received, well maybe they've swayed me over. We're going to see."

Rod Beck, Idaho GOP Region IV chairman, which includes only Ada County, said after talking with Callear and Peterson, he would support a recommendation from the chairman to move the convention to a different city.

"We're interested in having a convention, a unified convention, a unified party, unified in all aspects, and again from the reports that I have heard, we haven't been getting that," Beck said.

Steed said he has decided to step down as chairman of the convention, and Latah County GOP Vice Chairman Thomas Lawford has agreed to take his place.

"If chairman Peterson has a problem with me, then I will step away from it," he said of being convention chair, adding he would step down even if there wasn't an issue between the two.

"It's a lot of tension that isn't necessary," he said, though he declined to comment on the reasons for the tension.

Steed said the Latah County GOP and several other Moscow groups have been working hard since January to put together a convention desired by the state committee. Out of three Idaho cities vying for the opportunity to host, Moscow won, largely because of a well put-together presentation by Gina Taruscio of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, Melanie Zimmer with Best Western Plus University Inn and the UI, he said.

"The university went a long way to reduce costs for the state party," Steed said.

In addition to projecting a profit, Steed said the Latah County Republicans were also able to keep registration fees at $75 as requested.

"As best I can tell, the problem is that the price of holding it in Moscow - the only place to hold it is in the Kibbie Dome- is just terrifying some people in the state party," Steed said.

Steed said the state committee has signed a contract with the UI to hold the convention in the dome. Hotel rooms in Pullman and Moscow, including the Best Western Plus University Inn, have been set aside for months.

Zimmer said she has turned away other groups because rooms at her hotel were already reserved for the convention.

"It's been a huge effort, on so many people's parts," Zimmer said. "The UI conferencing program has worked hours upon hours to make sure that this happens, and Walter has put in so much time on this. I would be really disappointed if they moved it."



Seeya at the polls, Moscow, because . . .


"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)



Tom Hansen

Moscow, Idaho


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