The Idaho Republican Party has a new chairman: Steve Yates.
According to the Twin Falls Times-News
, Yates beat out contenders Cassia County GOP Chairman Doug Pickett and Blackfoot political activist Mike Duff in a vote held at Boise's Red Lion Hotel Aug. 2. Yates is an Idaho Falls businessman with a federal public policy background, serving as a national security assistant to former Vice President Dick Cheney. His company, D.C. International Advisory
, offers political risk analysis and business intelligence services.
The contest for a new Idaho GOP chairman has been in the works since the June Idaho GOP convention in Moscow, when fissures within the party culminated in a breakdown of party leadership
Last week, Fifth District Court Judge Randy Stoker determined that embattled Idaho GOP Chair Barry Peterson was no longer the leader
of the Idaho Republican Party. Peterson, who had sued to stop the Aug. 2 meeting from happening, reportedly changed locks at the Idaho GOP's Boise office following the convention dust up in June.