Idahoans are ‘tough
people’ for ‘tough times’
Express Staff Writer
admitting "these are tough times," Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne
told the closing luncheon of the state Republican Party convention Tuesday
in Sun Valley that Idahoans are up to dealing with economic adversity
because "we are tough people."
uncustomary long speech for Kempthorne that ran nearly 45 minutes, the
governor capped the two day GOP convention with what amounted to marching
orders for the Republican faithful for the November election.
He said the
"opposition" Democratic Party is one of "gloom and
doom" and "paints a picture that something is wrong with tax
that Idaho "can’t tax your way out of a recession."
To the 425
GOP delegates and perhaps another 100 family members meeting at the Sun
Valley Resort, Kempthorne said that despite the recession that he said
Idaho is enduring, he boasted that frugal policies of his office and the
Republican-controlled Legislature had helped maintain high credit ratings
in the U.S. bond market, and made the Gem State the bright spot in the
Pacific Northwest where other states are reeling under deficits.
Republicans showed "conviction and courage" in decisions that
have avoided a worsening financial crisis in state government, and which,
in turn, have led to new jobs and new investments in Idaho.
people that government serves have to tighten their belt" during
tough economic times, the governor said, "then government must
tighten its belt."
off a list of GOP accomplishments that he said should convince voters to
retain what he called "the team on the field" — the incumbent
governor, senior state GOP government officials and Republican
Kempthorne’s address, the delegates returned to business sessions to
elect retiring state Sen. John Sandy their unsalaried state party
chairman. Sandy, 54, is an agribusiness executive in Hagerman.
rubberstamping the platform as presented, delegates engaged in a flurry of
proposed amendments, one that added to the education plank the words
"God" and "family values" as reasons for the state’s
greatness in the future. The plank was amended but with a scattering of
"no" voice votes.
acrimony developed over a proposal to remove from the platform the plank
affirming the GOP’s opposition to re-imposing term limits.
majority shouted its approval for retaining the plank, arguing that to
take a neutral stand would provide Democrats with a campaign issue —
that the GOP wasn’t standing behind legislators who voted to repeal term
attempt to impose term limits on elected officials will be on the November
ballot as an initiative.