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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

March 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

A Democrat in the midst of Ada County Republican caucus

"Skip" Scanlin made an "Idahoans Are People Too" shirt to wear at Ada County's first Republican caucus on Super Tuesday.

"Skip" Scanlin made an "Idahoans Are People Too" T-shirt to wear at Ada County's first Republican caucus on Super Tuesday. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye)

BOISE — Last night’s Ada County caucus was a stadium size gathering of conservatives of all stripes, everyone united by one desire — to defeat Barack Obama.

Well, almost everyone.

“Skip” Scanlin attended the caucus as the Taco Bell Arena to vote for Rick Santorum, but not for his strong conservative values. Daughter of two Democratic politicians, Scanlin felt Santorum would be an easy defeat for President Barack Obama come November. And after the Senator robo-called Democrats in Michigan, Scanlin considered herself invited.

So she registered as Ada County Republican as soon as the new caucus system was announced, received her American flag background voter card and arrived at the arena sporting a homemade “Idahoans Are People Too” T-shirt (which got many approving nods from passerby Ron Paul supporters).

The T-shirt, she explained, was actually a jab at local politicians who Scanlin felt continuously ignored the needs of their electorate.

“Our politicians here treat us with a level of contempt that’s unimaginable,” the Democrat said. On the whole, though, Scanlin was in good spirits.

Idaho politics have surpassed Texas-level wackiness, she joked.

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