Stand Up For Idaho hosted Frank VanderSloot, founder and chief executive officer of Idaho Falls company Melaluca, Inc., last Wednesday at their weekly meeting. A rebuttal session is scheduled for this Wednesday evening.
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“…a nonpartisan citizens’ organization peacefully, actively advocating for the rights and liberties of all Idaho citizens.”Advertisement
VanderSloot had agreed to answer questions submitted ahead of the meeting with a promise to be honest and candid. He also gave a presentation on his upbringing, education, personal life, professional accomplishments, and political involvement. He spoke at length about his reasoning and involvement in the passage of legislation known as the Idaho Patient Act. The Wednesday evening session was labeled, “Setting the Record Straight.”
The 100 or so questions submitted in advance covered a wide range of topics including his political donations to the Mitt Romney campaign, his donation to the Barack Obama campaign, being labeled a RINO, his thoughts on an Article V Convention, his opinion of the World Economic Forum, his involvement and relationship with the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) and the recent lawsuit filed against them by Tom Luna, vaccine mandates by companies, and more.
VanderSloot took time to voice his disdain for some Idaho activists, organizations, and individuals. He named names, and took a dive into the specifics. He explained his disapproval of certain actions by Bryan Smith, Mark Fuller, and Doyle Beck. In discussing the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF), he used words like “rigid,” “radical,” and called the group a “secret alliance.” He also accused IFF of unfairly labeling people if they do not align with the group’s policy positions.
VanderSloot was asked about Gregory Graf, a former Melaluca employee. He responded that he is “very concerned” about the tactics and methods Graf has used in political discourse. There was also a question about Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) President Alex LaBeau. VanderSloot replied, referencing an incident in which LaBeau wrote a piece using, “really, really horribly obscene language” and in VanderSloot’s opinion, LaBeau should have been terminated for it.
The entire presentation and meeting can be seen here: Weekly Meeting – Frank Vandersloot, Setting the Record Straight (odysee.com)
Stand Up For Idaho let it be known ahead of time that a rebuttal opportunity would be offered to anyone who would like to comment on the things VanderSloot said. An email sent out by the group on Sunday, November 13 said,
“This week the BCRCC will provide responses to statements Frank made last week. There may also be opportunity for others to speak after the BCRCC. If anyone desires to provide a response/rebuttal to what Frank said last week, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
This meeting, as are all Stand Up For Idaho weekly meetings, is open to the public and free of charge. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Snake River Event Center (Shilo Inn), 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, 6:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)”
In addition to the BCRCC, Doug Toomer of Stand Up For Idaho is reporting that the Idaho Freedom Foundation will also be responding to some of VanderSloot’s statements.
If you are not in the Idaho Falls area, you will be able to view the Wednesday meeting live on the Odyssey channel of Stand Up For Idaho here: Stand Up For Idaho (odysee.com)
Tags: Alex LaBeau, Bonneville County Central Committee, Bonneville County GOP, Bryan Smith, Doug Toomer, Doyle Beck, Frank Vandersloot, Gregory Graf, IACI, Idaho Patient Act, Mark Fuller, Melaluca, Stand Up for Idaho, Tom Luna