Statesman: Jordan campaign tumult centers on creation of tribal super PAC

The recent shakeup in Paulette Jordan’s gubernatorial campaign centers on the campaign’s ties to a fledgling federal political action committee, the Idaho Statesman reported Thursday.

Former campaign manager Michael Rosenow said he had had several reasons for abruptly leaving Jordan’s staff, he said in a resignation letter obtained by the Statesman’s Cynthia Sewell. But one reason was the campaign’s “detestable” emphasis on growing the federal super PAC, as opposed to focusing on “winning an election.”

The super PAC, Strength and Progress, surfaced in July, two months after Jordan won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The PAC’s purpose is “to accept donations from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe … for spending on Federal First Nations’ issues,” the PAC said in a statement to the Statesman.

Jordan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a former member of the Coeur d’Alene tribal council.

Jordan campaign adviser Nate Kelly told the Statesman that the campaign has received “no support in any way” from Strength and Progress. The PAC has spent no money. But Tim Hurst of the Idaho secretary of state’s office told the Statesman that the office would likely take “a close look” at any expenditures, to make sure the PAC is operating independently from the campaign, as election law requires.

Thursday’s revelations come less than two months before the Nov. 6 election. Jordan, a former legislator, will face Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little in the race to succeed retiring Gov. Butch Otter.


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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