Revealed: Feud between Idaho House Majority Leader Moyle and Caucus Chair Roberts; Speaker Denney said to be siding with Moyle

UPDATED, 8:40 p.m., Denney says he contributed for polling, voter ID and get-out-the-vote, and didn't know his friend, Lou Esposito, had targeted GOP incumbents. "I have never, ever gotten involved in any races involving senators," Denney said. "As far as the House members, I think it's poor form to work against incumbents in the primary."

For more, read Wednesday's story in the Statesman.

Thanks to the keen eye of Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin , two years of simmering rumors have been confirmed: House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts aim to knock one another off.

Davlin reports that Moyle, R-Star, contributed $5,000 from his campaign account to GUN PAC, a political action committee targeting Roberts, R-Donnelly. GUN PAC has endorsed Roberts’ opponent in the May 15 primary, John Blattler of Boise County. A third Republican in the race is Dan Davis of Cascade. The winner faces Democrat Karla Miller of McCall in December. Today is the deadline for campaign finance reports, but Moyle filed early.

House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, also has contributed to GUN PAC, said Lou Esposito, a consultant to the PAC who is close to Denney. Esposito said Denney is supporting efforts to unseat Roberts and five other GOP incumbent lawmakers.

Denney is backing candidates "to build a conservative majority in the House."

Denney has said he intends to seek a fourth two-year term as speaker at the December organizational session. I couldn’t reach Denney Tuesday morning, but the mutual support of GUN PAC by Denney and Moyle suggests Moyle has abandoned any prospect of a run against Denney this year.

Davlin wasn’t able to reach Moyle yesterday, but I spoke with him this morning. Moyle said Roberts told him after the 2012 session ended March 29 that he planned to oppose him in December when the GOP caucus elects leaders. Moyle also said Roberts campaigned on behalf of Boise Rep. Cliff Bayer’s unsuccessful challenge to Moyle as majority leader in 2010.

Eight days after the session ended, Moyle made his contribution to GUN PAC.

“My goal is to make Ken’s life miserable because he’s making my life miserable,” Moyle said. “We’re still friends; we just don’t agree politically. If he wants to take me out I’m going to do the best I can do to get rid of that threat. He’s made it very clear that I’m in his sights.”

Roberts disputes that he campaigned for Bayer in 2010, though he declined to say how he voted in the majority leader race. But he said a dispute with Moyle over a bill allowing a property tax levy to pay for a legal judgment against Boise County caused a rift this session.

"I told him that it was likely I would challenge him if things like that continued," Roberts said.

Roberts also questioned Esposito's characterization of Denney's support for Blattler. "That needs to be verified. As far as I know I can trust Lawerence. He's been a dear friend of mine for a long time."

GUN PAC has made 40 endorsements, including five more primary challengers to GOP incumbents: Maurice Clements over Sen. Patti Anne Lodge of Huston, Matt Dorsey over Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa, Danielle Ahrens over Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint, Pam Stout over Rep. George Eskridge of Dover, and Douglas Pickett over Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert.

Moyle said he wasn’t aiming at the other incumbents. “My goal is Ken Roberts,” he said.

Ironically, the House Leadership Victory Fund, a leadership PAC for which Roberts is the treasurer, gave $10,000 to GUN PAC, which has targeted Roberts.

Esposito, who was Denney’s appointee to the first Redistricting Commission in 2011, also is consulting with two other PACs producing direct mailers in GOP primary contests, Land PAC and Free Enterprise PAC. A fourth group, Idaho Chooses Life, is opposing GOP incumbents including Sen. Lodge and Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, who faces incumbent Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, because of redistricting.

Esposito said he is cooperating with Idaho Chooses Life’s director, David Ripley, a personal friend. “On a number of races there is a working relationship,” Esposito said.

The fourth member of House GOP leadership, Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke of Oakley, contributed $1,000 to the Roberts campaign. Bedke did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

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Let the fireworks begin

Let the fireworks begin. They're beginning to eat their own. Roberts is a good example of the peter principle; in a position beyond his capabilities, abilities and skills. He is too easily led by $$ interests instead of his constinuency.

Goodbye, Roberts....

Better sign the oath ....

And just when you thought the right couldn't get right enough.

Have GUN PAC, will unravel!

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Clean HOUSE...litierally

Good Luck Ken...Denny needs to go and all the other obstructionist along with them. Who needs a two party system when you have the Idaho Republicans. The FAR RIGHT is loosing it in Idaho and we can be conservative without being ignorant, anti-everything goons. Less government, thoughtful spending, low taxes without the Limbaugh / Hannity tone.

Enjoy the Ride...there is no return ticket.

Roberts needs to go right

Roberts needs to go right along with them to keep Vandersloot and money bought interests out of politics.

Rebranding the Right

Used to be Republicans from Cali were Democrats here.
Now Republicans here are Democrats.
Devalued education, roads and etc. is the new way.
The backlash will begin in 2014.

So Patti Anne Lodge and Christy Perry

aren't conservative enough?? Or is it because they are females and the good ol' boys don't want them types in their legislature??...Sunny...

Less chance of a sexual harassment charge if the women

stay home. Gotta wonder at what point burqas will be legislated by this crowd.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Christy Perry, the woman

Christy Perry, the woman whose campaign billboards show her posing with a gun, is not far enough right for these people? Wow.

Is this any way to deal with Hoda and Kathy Lee?

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The Gun PAC is going after Perry? Are you kidding me?

This whole money laundering scheme is getting ridiculous.

Wow,

what a bunch of little girls, my 8 year old granddaughter has had these troubles for a couple of years but she and her friends have pretty much grown out of them now that they are passing into the 3rd grade.

It'll be interesting to see whether ALEC...

comes to the rescue of Patti Anne Lodge.

Unknown to Alec, she's really his SISTER.

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Maybe Moyle

is just jealous because Roberts got to fly on Vandesloot's corporate Lear jet back in 2008 and he didn't.

No wonder they wouldn't pass anti bullying legislation

They apparently see it as an admirable method to get their way.

Nope, wrong on both counts

“We’re still friends; we just don’t agree politically."

Actually you do agree politically, and you're not friends. You obviously hate each others guts. But the biggest problem for you both is your self-loathing, like most of your cohorts. That's what's really eating you.

Dale Keys
Boise

Isn't that what Richert says about Hoffman?

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Gosh!

“My goal is to make Ken’s life miserable because he’s making my life miserable,” Moyle said

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As opposed to, "my goal is to help the people of Idaho..."

When will Moyle's constituents wake up?

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Moyle needs to learn how to dress himself before worrying about Roberts.

It is never about helping the people of Idaho with Moyle

or Denney or Nonini or Phil Hart or any of those far right extremists that are taking over our state government. It is only about helping themselves.

You left a bunch of names

You left a bunch of names off but you can add Roberts, Pearce, Boyle, Thayn, Batt to that list as well. The whole bunch are birds of a feather.

A QM Production

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I couldn't agree more. They are power hungry and don't care

how they get it.

If redistricting was accurate rural wingnuts would be gone

Further testament to how these utterly dystopic rural wingnuts have gamed the Idaho system for their own ideological machismo. If the maps were drawn fairly in a state that's 75-80% urban, they be out on their kesters.

Don't laugh, just get ready...they've destroyed the state's economy since 1980, falling from 37th in per capita income to 49th (Q2, 2011) nearly today, just above Mississippi. They still have more damage to do.

What the state needs

Is for both of these men replaced with people who care about the state and men who care about nothing more than the power they wield. Glad I get to vote against one of them. Mr Moyle remember that sometimes ones actions come back to bite on on the backside.

More baby steps?

Abramoff: "Fire up the jet baby, we're going to El Paso!!" Mike Scanlon: "I want all their MONEY!!!"

Email interchange between Jack Abramoff and Mike Scanlon, February 6, 2002

And

In other news from the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin was sworn in as "President"!

Come on Idaho...this bunch of clowns is the best we can do? Boot em all out and start fresh. Pretty sure we'd all be better off. And if you Republicans are relying on guys like Esposito & Ripley to guide you in your Politboro Member selection process, we are all screwed!

Not in over 8 years and don't rub it in buddy.

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Fascist Comedy Club

Is there anything more fun to watch than Fascist wrestling?

Nope, I guess not.

Even if you live in a prairie dog town you'll never find any drunken prairie dogs without underwear exiting their cars awkwardly to the delight of paparazzi.

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Gun PAC is also targeting in District 22

Received a flyer yesterday with Sen. Fulcher, Rep. Vander Woude (not surprising, they're unopposed) and, instead of Michael Law whom they endorsed, or Fred Tilman, they endorsed Jason Monks.

It'll be the Thrilla in Pocatella, the Noisy in Boise!!!

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Looks like GUN PAC is

Looks like GUN PAC is shooting blanks! HAHAHAHAHA!

Party favors will be cleared out..

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.