Last week, the Idaho Republican Party Chairman, Tom Luna, put out a statement saying Ammon Bundy was not welcome in the Idaho GOP.
The statement was released after a C1 form was filed with Bundy’s name and the office of “Governor” listed. This led to speculation that Bundy was running for Idaho’s highest office.
At the time, Bundy was not registered to vote and was not a registered Republican. Bundy has said that he has a certain timeframe to register by law.
Bundy released a statement to the media in response to Luna and here’s what it said,
It would appear that the Idaho Republican Party establishment is taking me seriously, as they should. I simply fill out a half-page form with the Secretary of State and they lose their minds, have an emergency meeting and publish a state-wide, full-page, official letter against me. I never planned on their support in the first place, so no sweat off my back. Hope to see everyone on June 19th, Kleiner Park in Meridian, 4 p.m., for a Big Announcement!,
After Luna’s letter came out, Bundy and Luna both joined Nate Shelman’s 670 KBOI to debate and discuss the issue.
Luna went first and reiterated that Bundy, even if he registers as a Republican, will not be given equal treatment by the Republican Party. Luna said that individuals who register at the last moment as Republicans to run for office are not the same as candidates who have been involved with the party on a consistent basis.
Bundy told Shelman that he did not expect the Republican Party to support him anyway.
When Shelman talked about Bundy potentially running for governor, Bundy responded by saying, “Who says I’m running for governor Nate?”
You can hear the entire conversation with Shelman, Luna, and Bundy using the link below. The following audio is courtesy of 670 KBOI’s Nate Shelman:
Bundy has stated that he will make a “big announcement” on June 19th in Meridian. It is unclear at this time if Bundy will announce he is running for governor or if he possibly has different plan in mind.
Right now, Bundy still has an “Active” C1 form on the Secretary of State’s website. A C1 form allows candidates to begin raising money to run for a particular office.
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Tags: 670 KBOI, Ammon Bundy, C1, Governor, Idaho Republican Party, Nate Shelman, Tom Luna