Wood River Party 

Idaho Democrats have a new frontman.

The party elected Hailey attorney Keith Roark to be their party's chairman over the weekend after the resignation of Richard Stallings. Roark bested former gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brady for the job.

The intra-party sniping began early and continued late in the blogosphere. Here's the cold cup of coffee from new chairman Roark, in a prepared statement posted on the party's Web site.

"It is time for Idaho Democrats to take a cold, hard look at some rather dismal facts. In the general elections of 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, Idaho Democrats have lost 24 of the 28 races for statewide office. Today, not one statewide elected official is a Democrat. We have not won a U.S. Senate race since 1974 and have lost every race for the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992."

Warm and fuzzy, no.

The realism continues: "I am not naive enough to believe that, 10 years from now, the people of this state will say '2008 was the year Idaho Democrats made their comeback.' But they will say that 2008 was the year the great comeback of the Idaho Democratic Party began."

With Roark's election, the Idaho Democratic Party leadership is centered in the resort community of Sun Valley (House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet and Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett are both from Ketchum).

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