Tom Luna is the Idaho GOP’s new chairman


Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is the Idaho GOP’s new chairman, after delegates backed him in a 274-262 vote Saturday against Mark Fuller, chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee at the Idaho Republican convention over the weekend.

Luna fills the seat of Raúl Labrador, who resigned a year after taking the state Republican helm in 2019 and beating out Luna by two votes.

The Idaho Press reports, the new chairman championed his work as the party’s financial chair in his campaign speech, and took aim at Boise Mayor Lauren McClean for promoting – what he called – “a socialist agenda.”

The was, however, some division among those who attended, with the more libertarian bloc of Idaho Republicans criticizing Governor Brad Little for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.