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John Foster, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party, has quit his post. He'll stay through next week to tie up loose ends. "The unique strains and stresses of this job are too hard on my family, and it's not fair to keep putting them through it. It's a good time to leave, with so many great things happening for Idaho Democrats - my successor will have a big job but one full of potential." Foster and his wife have a four-year-old son and a baby daughter. Keith Roark, the newly-elected chair of the party, could not be reached for comment.

Idaho Democrats’ Exec. Dir. Resigns

John Foster, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party, has quit his post. He’ll stay through next week to tie up loose ends.

“The unique strains and stresses of this job are too hard on my family, and it’s not fair to keep putting them through it. It’s a good time to leave, with so many great things happening for Idaho Democrats – my successor will have a big job but one full of potential.”

Foster and his wife have a four-year-old son and a baby daughter.

Keith Roark, the newly-elected chair of the party, could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE: Foster says he’ll probably stay through the middle of March.

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9 comments

  1. Oh that’s just great (snark). That’s just what Idaho Democrats need is yet another crisis in leadership at a crucial juncture. As Idaho Democrats get noticed people in the party start bellowing that their way is the only way and we all start fighting over petty crap, clucking like a bunch of hens over whether to allow candidates to speak live at the banquet. My vote is when we select a leader let them do their job. If you think you can do better, apply. If not, sit down and STFU.

    I can’t say as I blame him. Herding cats is a sucky job.

    Good luck John. I didn’t get to meet you but I admired your tenacity and bold forward thinking vision.

  2. Re: Sisyphus —

    “INCOMING!!”

    e.o.m. 😉

    ###

  3. LOL. In the words of our beloved leader, “Bring it on.” I’m sure the results will be similar.

  4. I’m sure the live speaker controversy was a drop in the bucket at most regarding this decision.

  5. Another reason why do Democrats do so poorly in Idaho is this lack of consistency in their leadership. They have also done a poor job of moving forward and instead forlornly look to the glory days of the past. I attended the opening of Democratic Headquarters in downtown Boise in the summer of 2006 and the two biggest posters were of JFK and Frank Church; both great men but both have been dead for over 30 years.

    Looking around the caucus last Tuesday night I guesstimated that 75% of the people there either moved to Idaho or were born after Frank Church’s death. It was also evident that Idaho’s Democrats overwhelming endorsement of Barack Obama shows that they are ready to look towards the future and quit living in the past represented by the Clintons. The big question is the leadership of the Democratic Party in Idaho willing to do the same?

    Maybe its time for some “Lead, Follow or Get out of the way”

  6. Well, exactly. There are seven statewide offices and four Congressional seats in Idaho. Democrats currently hold exactly none of them. What’s more, you can’t name 11 Idaho Democrats who can seriously contest those seats right now. I get fuzzy after about five myself. Obama has been tremendous for us, but there’s not much on the bench behind him.

    That’s a main reason I’m looking at running for governor in 2010. You’d better believe going to take a lot of work, fundraising and name ID generation to make it feasible, but dammit, I’m going to try. Someone needs to step up around here.

  7. Well Lane. As I said before I admire your tenacity but you’ve just made the best arguments for you starting at ground level and moving up. Quit trying for the brass ring. Get a groundswell where you are and work from that. The party won’t win from the top down and Obama would be the first to say it.

  8. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which being I promised my wife I wouldn’t, I won’t be a candidate in 2008.

    In 2010 I’ll run for the race that justified by the organization I have at that time. If that’s governor, beautiful. If it turns out to be Legislature in District 24, c’est la vie. Aspirations aside, there’s no way I’m jumping into a race I don’t have the resources to run. I’ve said that on several occasions; it’s way too early to be ruling out anything on my part.

    That said, I think my concerns – and Clem’s concerns – regarding Idaho Democrats not stepping up are well justified. We have four major candidates right now, three of which are running for the same seat. No one has emerged as a candidate in the 2nd CD yet, for example. There has to be SOMEONE else out there with enough audacity to try.

  9. Idaho Democrats appear to be quitting their jobs to spend time with their young kids. Idaho Republicans fade out of their jobs because they get caught soliciting gay sex in airport bathrooms. I think you are on an upswing. Good luck John Foster. Enjoy those kids.