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Press Release: Constitution Party of Idaho Announces Doug Traubel Has Changed Party Affiliation, Will Run for Ada Sheriff in 2024

By • October 8, 2023

The following press release was sent out by the Constitution Party of Idaho. Press releases do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

The Constitution Party of Idaho (CP-Idaho) has announced that Doug Traubel, former GOP candidate for Ada County Sheriff, has switched party affiliation and will again run for Sheriff in 2024, under the CP-Idaho banner.

The announcement was made on the CP-Idaho website and reads,

2022 Candidate for Ada County Sheriff, Doug Traubel, announces he will run for the office again in 2024. Traubel, a lifelong Republican, and once precinct committeeman for the Elmore County Republican Central Committee has changed his affiliation to the Constitution Party.

Readers may recall that in 2021 Traubel was voted #1 by the Ada County Republican Central Committee to replace former Sheriff Bartlett who stepped down abruptly for reasons still unknown. With Traubel as the top-ranked candidate for appointment, the three finalists went before the Ada County Board of Commissioners. It was the prerogative of the commissioners to ignore the will of the Central Committee and vote/appoint out of order from the list of ranked finalists. The #3 candidate, Matt Clifford was appointed.

Leading up to the Board’s vote over the three finalists, came a flurry of emails to commissioners for and against Traubel. Much of the opposition to Traubel was fueled by content of his provocative political commentary over the years, not the least of which is his book, Red Badge – A Veteran Peace Officer’s Commentary on The Marxist Subversion of American Law Enforcement & Culture. His book came to light during his commissioners’ interview and subsequently recast him in a negative light on the front page of the Idaho Statesman and other news outlets. Traubel’s book covers many topics including race, crime, the border, police use of force, the proper role of government and the origins of the Soviet Union.

It is the last topic that gave the most fodder to his opponents and critics in the media who labeled Traubel an “antisemite.” Traubel defended himself from the ad hominem attacks by publishing an Op-ed replete with sourced material in support of Chapter Two of his Book, The Reality of Marxism: A Sinister and Depraved Heart of Darkness. It is in that chapter where Traubel illuminates in academic fashion facts not commonly known about the first Communist state and the significance of its Jewish origins.

Traubel was the only candidate who received a standing ovation from the public at the end of his commissioners’ interview. The interview focused almost entirely on taking Traubel to task on his writings. Ultimately, Commissioner Rod Beck cast the tie-breaking vote saying it was, “… a matter of conscience.”

In 2022 Traubel doubled down. He challenged the appointed Clifford in the GOP primary. Traubel lost carrying an impressive 34.4% of the vote.

The Constitution Party State Chair Tony Ullrich and Traubel recently discussed Traubel’s decision to change party affiliation to the Constitution Party.

Ullrich asked Traubel why he is running again and why the change to CP.

Here is what he had to say:

“We are in a Maoist Cultural Revolution with consequences to our liberties and safety. I believe I am the right man to be Sheriff. Just as before, I am running under the banner of Constitutional Sheriff. What that means is that I understand what the oath of office looks like — in action. I am not the generic pusillanimous candidate. When it comes to speaking and acting on uncomfortable truths, I am bold. When it comes to defending people’s constitutionally protected rights, I am intrepid.

During the last primary season Victor Miller, Chairman of the Ada County Republican Central Committee, denied me a debate with Clifford when I asked him for one in a text. In my opinion there is strong evidence for me to believe there were high jinks by Victor Miller and Rod Beck that favored Clifford during the appointment process and the subsequent primary election. I could elaborate, but it is not productive. Running on the CP ticket allows me to sidestep the shenanigans and put my focus in front of me, not behind.

The Constitution Party embraces my oath-centered passion. Without a Sheriff who will put the oath in action, the Constitution has no teeth and the government is unrestrained. The citizen shrinks when government is not put in check. We saw this when churches were closed among other rights stepped on.

I am proud to stand with the Constitution Party; it suits me and I am glad to give them a spotlight. I have changed parties, but I have not changed. I have a lot of support from registered republicans and there are many independent voters in Ada County. My top ranking in 2021 by the Ada County GOP Central Committee proves there is support for a Constitutional Sheriff and those same people will now have the option to vote principle over party in the General Election November 5, 2024.

The Ada County GOP is divided ideologically and many republican voters were misled about me by the negative press. The 34.4% that voted for me can do so again in what will likely be a three-way race. In addition, Ada County’s independent voters will have a viable alternative in the General Election. This is a highly winnable scenario.”

Ullrich asked Traubel if he expects his writings to be a continued source of attack during the 2024 campaign cycle. His answer:

“Bring it. My book defends itself. I am not a coward who hides behind a nom de plume. My name is on it. I said it. The material is evergreen and true. I have the guts to speak truth and speak truth to power. I invite the curious to read it in context.”

Ullrich asked Traubel about his thoughts on his third-party candidacy splitting the vote and possibly giving Ada County its first democrat sheriff, provided Victor McGraw runs again.

“I see no substantive difference between McGraw and Clifford in terms of how the Sheriff’s Office would be run. In either case the people’s rights would not be protected. The possibility of me splitting the vote has no measurable difference in outcome for the people under a McGraw or Clifford administration. If COVID 2.0 comes around, it is my opinion that they will not defend the many rights stepped on last time. I am very different. For example, as sheriff I would not have allowed my deputies to arrest citizens for failure to appear on the steps of the courthouse because they refused to wear a mask and were denied entry. A judge’s mask edict does not trump a constitutionally protected right, specifically Article I, Section 18 of the Idaho State Constitution that guarantees open access to the courts without prejudice. Under Sheriff Traubel, my deputies would be trained in their oath and know the right thing to do is deliver the citizen to the courtroom. I could give you more examples of what the oath-in-action looks like, but that one is perhaps the most relatable given that we saw the news footage of deputies violating their oath by arresting people in that very circumstance.”

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Tags: 2024 General Election, 2024 Primary Election, Ada County Sheriff, Constitution Party, CP-Idaho, Doug Traubel, GOP, Idaho Republican Primary, Tony Ullrich

11 thoughts on “Press Release: Constitution Party of Idaho Announces Doug Traubel Has Changed Party Affiliation, Will Run for Ada Sheriff in 2024

  1. If he can impact Ada county…, it would be a miracle.
    But he seems to have what it takes.
    It’s so…., left there.
    Can he get elected? I don’t know.
    I’d love to see it though.

    1. We are long time Constitution Party people. Doug Traubel is the best person for sheriff. Most law enforcement people are peer oriented and thus reject the idea of an independent constitutional sheriff.
      Doug has traditional morals and faith in God. If you want to vote for candidates who love truth over compromise, vote Constitution.
      Pro-Life and Kirsten

  2. My personal opinion. I don’t speak for the ACRCC but being a Precinct Committeeman for #1919 and being witness to the perceived shenanigans of the previous officers, its understandable why Mr. Traubel would change political parties. With several of the previous officers of the ACRCC having resigned en-mass due to pressure being put on them to answer for several potential violations of the bylaws, gone are the days of “Top Down” directives. The Ada County GOP will now derive it’s direction from the grass roots – The Precinct Committeemen and women that are the backbone of the Ada County Republican Central Committee. The best is yet to come.

    1. BTW – In case my support for Doug Traubel was in question, I fully supported Doug Traubel for Ada County Sheriff in the last election and will fully support him again in 2024. He’s a solid man who stands on principle and supports the State and U.S. Constitution.

  3. I strongly supported Traubel vocally in the last election, and I will again. The Sheriffs position is the most important locally elected position by far (my interpretation of the Constitution), and citizens need protection from government tyranny.

  4. I would love to see Traubel as our Sheriff but won’t hold my breath as long as our elections lack integrity.

  5. It is going to take dedicated Community Leaders and Constitutional loving Citizens to go door to door to get those for our Constitution and our Republic to get out and vote in person!!

    That was one thing Obama knew had to be done when he was running for President!

    The reason the left wins is Republicans and others are not getting out to vote!
    Someone needs to take a stand and stir up the USA loving people of Idaho to get out and Vote!

    My two cents!

  6. So he is an anti-Semite. He must be rejoicing after the attack on Israel. I wish these California fascists would stay in California.

  7. Lord knows Ada County needs and will continue to need a Constitutional Sheriff at the helm.

    Doug Traubel is a great choice for this position.

  8. Good luck, Doug. I am a 30 year L E vet from So. Cal. I have been in Idaho for 17 years now. There are thousands of retired LEO’S from many states now living here. Most of us support Matt Clifford for sheriff. I have no idea what you or your followers stand for. All I know is that you keep running for office.

    1. Frank I ask that you and all LEO’s research deeply.
      If done, no one involved would support Clifford.
      ADA County needs a Constitutional Sheriff, Doug Trouble would stand strong to be just that.

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