Idaho Party Official and Attorney General Get into Republican Dustup
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In Republican Idaho, questioning somebody’s allegiance to the Constitution makes for fightin’ words. As GOP Attorney General Lawrence Wasden recently discovered, levying the allegation through a political rival’s grandson raises hackles, too. Wasden and LeeAnn Callear, a Republican Central Committee official from Orofino, are feuding.
That’s because Callear questions whether Wasden’s legal opinions reflect conservative values. Wasden counters his job transcends politics. In April, Callear’s grandson, 16-year-old Mitch Dollemore, was at the Capitol in Boise when he and Wasden agree this happened: The AG suggested to the teen his grandmother didn’t back the Constitution. Wasden says he immediately realized he’d erred and quickly wrote an apology.
Dollemore and Callear remain miffed. Beyond a little behind-the-scenes Republican dustup, however, this underscores how Idaho’s dominant political party is rife with internal conflict.