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Posted to Idaho News .
Until recently, Republican state superintendent candidate John Eynon was secretary of the state’s Constitution Party.
He left the third party shortly before filing paperwork to run on the GOP ticket.
Eynon’s campaign manager downplays the maneuvering — describing Eynon as a 40-year Republican who left the GOP for about 12 to 18 months. But the acting chairman of the Constitution Party calls Eynon’s moves “mercurial,” and says Eynon had indicated he would run on the Constitution Party ticket as recently as Jan. 9.
Who is John Eynon?
At Cottonwood’s Prairie Junior-Senior High School, Eynon teaches music and drama programs. On Jan. 17, the Grangeville resident filed a form naming a campaign treasurer, a precursor to raising money and running for what is now an open statewide race.
He is, for now, one of only two Republicans who have filed paperwork to run for superintendent — American Falls school principal Randy Jensen is the other. And on Monday, Republican incumbent Tom Luna surprised many political observers by announcing his plans to step down after his term ends in early January.
Eynon’s campaign website is replete with criticisms of the Idaho Core Standards — a centerpiece of Luna’s eight-year tenure in office. But it is light with references to the Republican Party, save for a GOP elephant logo on the bottom left-hand corner of the campaign home page. In a pitch for support, Eynon describes himself as follows: “Volunteer to help make a true constitutional conservative Idaho’s next superintendent of public instruction!”
This much isn’t in dispute. In 2013, Eynon served as state secretary for the Constitution Party — a third party that contends that the Republican Party is committed to moderation and uninterested in restoring constitutional principles. “With the ‘big tent’ philosophy, the GOP has become a house divided against itself,” the Idaho Constitution Party says on its website. “The party is composed of people on both sides of definitive issues such as abortion, special rights for homosexuals and entitlements for big corporations.”
The party’s website lists the secretary’s post as vacant — but Eynon still appears in pictures from two party functions in 2013.
There also is no dispute that Eynon left the Constitution Party, and the officer’s position.
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