From the Idaho Democratic Party:
Democratic chairman corrects “Little mistake”
Statement By R. Keith Roark, Idaho Democratic Party Chairman:
Whether intentionally or not, Republican State Senator Brad Little misleadingly called last February’s Idaho Democratic Caucuses a “… closed door caucus” where “voters had to pledge to support a Democratic candidate only.” That statement is entirely untrue and Sen. Little either knows it to be untrue or is guilty of speaking without knowing what he is talking about.
No candidate for public office was nominated at the Idaho Democratic Caucuses on Feb. 5, 2008. The purpose of the caucuses was to elect delegates to the Idaho Democratic Convention to be held in Boise this June. The delegates to that convention will, in turn, select Idaho ’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention this August in Denver at which time the Democratic nominee for President of the United States will be selected. Obviously, delegates to either party’s state and national convention should be members of that party and our pledge form says no more than that. Furthermore, Senator Little neglects to acknowledge that the Democratic caucuses are paid for entirely by the Democratic Party – not one dime of taxpayers’ money goes to support our caucuses.
All Democratic nominees for public office in Idaho will be selected at the May primary election which is, currently, open to all voters. The May primary election, at which both Republicans and Democrats select their candidates for public office, is paid for with taxpayers’ money and should, therefore, be open to all Idahoans, including independent voters. If Republicans want to close their primaries to all but card carrying party members we believe they should have the right to do so – but they, not the taxpayers of this state, should pay for such closed door proceedings.
R. Keith Roark, Chair
Idaho Democratic Party