Luna sees Boise’s ‘socialist agenda’ as rallying point for Idaho GOP

The “liberal, socialist agenda” from Boise City Hall should be a rallying cry for Idaho Republicans, new state GOP chairman Tom Luna told the Idaho Statesman.

“What every Idahoan needs to understand is that if we don’t stop this trend in Ada County, Boise is going to become the next Seattle and Ada is going to become the next King County,” Luna told the Statesman’s Nicole Foy in a recent interview.

Luna and other conservatives have decried several recommendations from one of Mayor Lauren McLean’s transition teams — calling the team’s report a “wishlist” for a menu of leftist initiatives, including sex education in Boise schools, beginning in pre-K. McLean, now facing a recall election, has said the document merely was a list of recommendations, not city policies.

In his interview with Foy, Luna said Gov. Brad Little has done a “stellar job” of managing the coronavirus. Luna said part of his job as party chairman is to try to heal divisions within the GOP — rifts that predate the pandemic.

Luna was elected chairman during the GOP’s state convention in June, two years after narrowly losing to former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in a race for the chairman’s post. Luna was elected state schools superintendent in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Voters resoundingly rejected his three “Students Come First” in November 2012, and Luna did not seek re-election in. 2014.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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