Third party, Eynon in simmering feud

Six weeks after John Eynon left the Constitution Party to run on the GOP ticket, the third party and the state superintendent’s candidate are embroiled in a nasty breakup.

John Eynon
John Eynon

Floyd Whitley, the Constitution Party’s acting chairman says Eynon remains in possession of party “property, records and minutes,” including party planning documents and platform outlines on economic initiatives and reform proposals. On Tuesday morning, Whitley shared his concerns, via email, with a variety of parties — including the state’s elections division, and Idaho Education News.

Whitley says Eynon is interfering with the “normal business and ballot access of a duly qualified political party in the state of Idaho,” and demands the immediate return of the documents.

Eynon, a Grangeville teacher, was the Constitution Party’s state secretary until January. He is now one of four Republicans running for state superintendent. Just 36 minutes after Whitley sent out his email, Eynon fired out a response (Idaho Education News was again among the recipients). He says he is in possession only of a single set of Constitution Party meeting minutes, and has deleted other files from his computer.

“My apologies for the delay in sending the December minutes,” Eynon wrote. “As you must be aware, life has been hectic.”

Eynon’s political party, and profile, changed in January — weeks after the December Constitution Party meeting in question.

On Jan. 8, says Whitley, Eynon indicated he would run for state superintendent on the Constitution Party ticket. He resigned as state party secretary on Jan. 15; two days later, he filed paperwork to run as a Republican.

In Tuesday’s emails, the tension between Whitley and Eynon is evident.

Wrote Whitley: “While cordiality and courtesy is still possible, I implore you to resolve this matter immediately.”

Replied Eynon: “My only regret, Mr. Whitley, is in not having communicated to you that your manner and decorum has been offensive to many within your own party.”

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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