Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack is running for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 21st district as a Republican. He is scheduled to speak at a Lincoln Day dinner in Idaho next month. Mack’s history of participation with other political parties has become an issue for 14 members of the Kootenai County Republican Party, who wrote a letter to their Central Committee Chairwoman regarding the selection of Richard Mack as a speaker. An excerpt from the letter is quoted below:
“Mr. Mack has been presented to us as a former Sheriff and a Republican candidate for Congress. Upon further research, it is quite evident that Mr. Mack’s support of the Republican Party and Republican Party candidates is inconsistent, intermittent and questionable. He does not appear to have ever shared the common goal of promoting the Republican Party and our Republican candidates. In fact, Mr. Mack’s political history has shown a consistent opposition to the Republican Party and a strong affinity to other political parties, including the Democrat, Libertarian and Constitution Parties.”
Coeur d’Alene Press recounts Mack’s electoral history:
“Mack served two terms as a county sheriff in Arizona as an elected Democrat, and made an unsuccessful third run for sheriff as a Democrat.
He then made an unsuccessful run for election to a sheriff’s position in Utah, as a Republican.
Mack later ran for governor in Utah as a Libertarian, and then for the Senate in Arizona, also as a Libertarian.”
The Spokesman-Review has a blog post about the subject as well as a link to the complete text of the letter.