Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blood, Profanity Mark Latest Spat Among North Idaho GOP Officials

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

The bad blood among some Latah County Republicans boiled over Tuesday night with one GOP committeeman calling another a "son of a bitch" while blood streamed down his face.

In February, Citydesk first told you about how the president of the Moscow City Council was being targeted by his own party because of his call for tighter controls on firearms. Walter Steed, who is also the Republican Party's Latah County chairman, forwarded a letter to Idaho Falls Republican Sen. Bart Davis, the Idaho Legislature's Senate majority leader.

In the letter, based on a memorandum from Moscow Police Chief David Duke, Steed advocated for background checks and limiting access to high-capacity gun magazines.

But Latah County GOP precinct committeemen voted 12-10 to ask Steed to resign from his chairmanship because he "acted against the party's position on guns and the Second Amendment."

On Tuesday, when Steed tried to gavel in a precinct committee meeting, his chairmanship was challenged again.

Steed noted that he was dealing with minor surgery on his face and that high blood pressure was causing him to bleed.

"That's right, laugh about it," said Steed, according to the Moscow Daily News. "Laugh about it, you son of a bitch."

Steed ultimately left the meeting, saying he could not continue in his condition.

Other GOP attendees said they would try to work together to resolve their divisiveness.

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