Idaho GOP drops lawsuit against Bonneville County Republican Central Committee

The lawsuit that former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Tom Luna filed in May against the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee was dismissed.

An Ada County judge dismissed the lawsuit and a preliminary injunction order on Thursday after Idaho Republican Party delegates voted to direct the party’s new executive committee to dismiss the lawsuit, according to news releases. released by the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee and the Republican Party of Idaho.

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Former Idaho GOP Chairman Tom Luna filed a complaint May 12 in Ada County Fourth District Court after the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee endorsed candidates for the May 16 primary election.

Luna alleged the endorsements violated Idaho Republican Party bylaws requiring central committees to remain neutral in primary elections. Luna alleged that the endorsements were a breach of contract and put the party and its central committee at risk.

Luna sought the lawsuit and injunction in order to prevent the county central committee from issuing endorsements in the party’s primary elections.

The Bonneville County Republican Central Committee has maintained that it has the right to free speech to endorse candidates and inform primary voters of who it believes are the top conservative candidate choices.

Luna and the Idaho Republican Party’s lawsuit against the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee became an issue at the Idaho Republican Party convention this summer, where the new president Dorothy Moon defeated Luna claim the top spot of the state party.

On Thursday, Bonneville County Republican Central Committee leaders issued a press release welcoming the dismissal of the lawsuit and the temporary injunction order.

This order wrongly restricted the Bonneville County Republican Party’s right to communicate with Republican voters on the eve of the Republican Party’s own primary nomination,” the statement read in part. “The vacancy of this order reinforces the great value and importance of free speech, and the role of the Republican Party organization in preserving the principles on which it is founded.”

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