Paultards Got Guns
BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho Republican Party leader who helped oust the state GOP chairman in 2008 faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation escalated while he photographed a home with a delinquent mortgage.
Challis McAffee, 33, the GOP chairman from the Boise suburb of Garden City and one of 231 voting members of the Idaho Republican Central Committee, was arrested after being accused of pointing a gun at the homeowner. He was released from Ada County jail on Thursday after family members and friends posted a portion of the $50,000 bond.
And get this – he’s a Paultard and a Teabagger. Yahtzee!
McAffee, a backer of libertarian-leaning former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul and an activist in this year’s anti-big-government “Tea Party” protests, helped organize Paul backers who aligned at last June’s Idaho State Republican Convention in Sandpoint with other foes of then-state GOP Chairman Kirk Sullivan. Sullivan was voted from office in favor of Norm Semanko.
It’s killing me – I can’t find this guy’s picture.
According to police in the Boise suburb of Meridian, resident Robert Lutes called officers just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to report McAffee had pointed a .357 Magnum handgun at him during a verbal confrontation. McAffee acknowledged he pointed the gun at Lutes, according to the police account.
“I’m unarmed, I’m an old man,” Lutes, 51, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I’m trying to find out why he’s taking pictures of my house. I said, ‘Knock on my door, let me know what you want.’ Then, I think he’s reaching for his business card and he pulls out a concealed weapon and I think he’s going to blow my head off.”
Lutes said the gun was beneath a cloth on the floor of the passenger side of McAffee’s vehicle.
The Idaho Republican Party said the arrest of one of its southwestern Idaho leaders was a “personal matter.”
“It’s not a party matter,” said Jonathan Parker, state GOP director in Boise.
McAffee didn’t return a phone call seeking comment Thursday evening.
Why should he? He’s a Republican.
But Ryan Davidson, another Paul supporter who has gained attention by pushing pro-marijuana voter initiatives in the central Idaho town of Hailey, said McAffee told him a different version of the altercation in a phone call from jail:
Lutes confronted McAffee, becoming increasingly hostile, Davidson said. When Lutes struck McAffee’s Ford Escort with his hand, McAffee brandished the weapon to de-escalate the conflict, Davidson said.
“Challis is one of the most mild-mannered, good-natured guys,” Davidson said. “The conversation wasn’t going anywhere, the guy smacked the car window. At that point, he (McAffee) felt threatened enough, he picked up the firearm in front of the seat that he carries for protection. The nature of the job is, you’re going to run into some unhappy people.”
Challis? What the fuck kind of name is that?
I’m gonna keep an eye on this one.
Idaho GOP Leader Who Helped Spur Coup Arrested [via Rawstory]
My bet? He looks like Jonah Goldberg with and early bald spot and an off-the-rack suit from Sears.
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@Tommmcatt Floats: This is Idaho. Try Skinhead.
@SanFranLefty: Always and forever.
OH! He looks just like the drug dealer I had in NYC who was always trying to get me to try meth!
@Tommmcatt Floats: He looks like he’s been tweaking for a week. Look at those pupils.
The link says he was working for Wells-Fargo assessing homes that are facing foreclosure. Lovely.
@SanFranLefty: And for some reason I can’t add it from here … nojo? CB? An assist plz?
@blogenfreude: Mighty Hamster has arrived.
McAffee “brandished the weapon to de-escalate the conflict” – doublethink has now entirely infiltrated the Republican mindset. That’s on par with saying, “I punched him in the face to encourage a rational discussion”.
Is that fuzz under his lip?
Teabaggers at UCLA climate change forum! Live webcast at http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/rep-henry-a-waxman-state-sen-fran-99881.aspx.
@blogenfreude: Yeah, he can shave his head but apparently he had problems shaving his face and neck. (Check out that horrible razor burn).
@Dodgerblue: Are you going to liveblog?
@blogenfreude: Let’s hope that it’s fuzz.
@al2o3cr: I’m glad I’m not the only one who had that reaction. Bringing a gun to a fistfight doesn’t de-escalate anything.
If this guy was real GOP, he have blown away Lutes without a discussion and dragged him back to HQ to barbeque and share with his fellow Republicans. The party’s executive corps is getting soft.
@IanJ: @al2o3cr: I’m with you two. How does waving a gun round de-escalate anything?
@FlyingChainSaw: You’re right too. They’re getting soft: a real Republican would have an AK-47.
Totally off topic, yet an interesting mug-shot:
Suspect’s chest catches fire after being Tasered
So let me get this straight: this anti-stimulus teabagger earns a living by facilitating foreclosures? Isn’t there a story here that the MSM has missed?
@SanFranLefty: Campus cops didn’t let the crazies inside. Waxman is now talking about phony grassroots efforts on climate change and health care. BTW UCLA is in Waxman’s district; he is a double Bruin, as am I.
@IanJ: Sure it does it you use it before the fight begins and before your adversary knows they’re in a fight. Safety in America means simply shooting everyone you encounter.
@lynnlightfoot: REAL he-man gun guys sneer at metric calibers, which the AK is chambered in (7.62 mm x 39 mm). They carry handguns in calibers measured per the English system and beginning in “4”; i.e., the .45 auto, .45 Colt, .44 mag, .and 41 mag, etc. (.45 inch, etc.) for true “man stopping” power. The .357 magnum carried by our friend above would merely be on the low end of acceptable to the RHMGG, although it was developed by the FBI in the 1930s to fight bank robbers when the .38 special revolver round was thought to be too weak to do the job. John Lennon and Selena would have different thoughts on that subject.
@texrednface: Looks like they figured out a way to barbeque suspects instantly instead of going to all the bother of dragging them back to the station.
@Serolf Divad: Yes, that and the story about him approaching poor families and making them think he can reverse the foreclosure if the wife proffers carnal favors. Wait for that headline.
@lynnlightfoot: With a fixed bayonet.
The Republican party in Idaho has become a textbook* example of what happens when a political party
fellates plays to its most strident base.
*Homeschoolers can substitute “common sense” for “textbook”.
It makes sense if he’s an Ayn Rand libertarian–foreclosure is a sign of weakness.
Why do I think Challis’ hand was shaking when he pulled the gun?
BTW, he might be named after the town of Challis, Idaho.
@Jesuswalksinidaho: Sandpoint, ID , the place of the state GOP convention mentioned in he story, is the childhood home of former Green Bay Packer guard Jerry Kramer, who made a key block in the Ice Bowl. Talibunny is from there, and so is Ben Stein.
I grew up near there. 4 miles west of Hope to be more exact. North Idaho is a beautiful place. It also had a raucous labor history prior to the Great Red Scare during and after World War I as well as serious efforts to get annexed by Washington state. The rest of Idaho, meh. Southern Idaho is Mormon country (Northern Utah is a better description). Central Idaho was settled by gold prospectors during the Civil War. They were mainly from the South and had distinctly Confederate sympathies–with a safe distance between themselves and the battlefields.
They were mainly from the South and had distinctly Confederate sympathies–with a safe distance between themselves and the battlefields.
The 19th century’s version of modern Republicans – anti-government racist chickenhawks. Nice.
@Jesuswalksinidaho: Oh hai, I was hoping you’d weigh in on this story… I had a great-uncle and great-aunt who lived in Murray, which is to the east of Coeur d’Alene. Beautiful area but some scary folks have ended up in those mountains.
@redmanlaw: Ben Stein’s from Sandpoint, ID? They allow Jews in Idaho?
The scary people in rural areas are usually the ones who have last frontier fantasies. It doesn’t help when they assume they have first dibs on public resources such as minerals, grazing rights, and forest. In their eyes “entitlements” go to those other kinds of people in urban areas.
For the latest info on the former Mssr. Challis Eugene Ralls (he changed his name in 1996), feel free to check out our man Sisyphus’ blog at 43SB.com (the place you got Chally-Mac’s handsome mugshot posted above).
@texrednface: Very funny. Particularly the mad stare straight from a battlefield pic from the
Civil War War of Northern Aggression with its caption: Wood.
Hey reds, I have it on good authority that a certain Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in Santa Fe, and will be attending the Santa Fe Opera (tonight, maybe?).
Let us know of any RBG sightings!
@Serephin: Welcome to Stinque. Pre-tied hemp noose? Sounds like something a hippie pothead would use during an auto-erotic asphyxiation moment.
@SanFranLefty: You certainly seem to know how to have a good time. :)
@CheapBoy: So I’ve heard.
@Original Andrew: Your spies are quite good, sir. In fact, I got a hushed phone call this afternoon from Mrs RML reporting in from our renowned Indian (art) Market, where she saw Madame Justice in the flesh. Both Ginsberg and O’Connor are Santa Fe Opera fans, which they attend every summer. Mrs RML saw the Wise Jewess at the opera last summer, while one of her operatives saw O’Connor quaffing beer one night at a downtown BBQ joint or blues club.
See what you guys are missing?
@redmanlaw: OMFG OMFG OMFG!! It was SDO and RBG hanging at the opera tonight???
Was Sotomayor there? My head explodes at the hope.
Orgasmic girl attorney moment! Cassandra, JNOV, Jamie, Cynica, MellBell – we have to have the female legal eagle trip to hang with our sheroes in RML land.
The expression on that face is fascinating. Smug, no, not quite, something similar, but not quite the same. He’s not unhappy, thats for sure. Paranoids are always deeply gratified by the occasion of what they believe genuine examples of oppression, it allows them to tell everyone “see, thats what I have been going on about.”
But there is something more. He has the expression of someone posing for his picture to be posted on a dating website, more than the expression of someone having a mugshot taken, like he is hoping for approval, acceptance, desire.
@SanFranLefty: Forecast for parade: rain.
Mrs RML saw Ginsburg at the Indian Market preview late this afternoon. No word on whether the Justice was at the opera tonight, but local gossip columnist Mrs RML will soon hear from her spies. I don’t think there has been a fresh O’Connor sighting here for several months since she was seen drankin’ beer.
Still, we’d love to see the stinque law girls out here. Google up “ten thousand waves” for an idea of how to spend an afternoon.
@redmanlaw: One of my best-est law girl friends practices down the road from you in the town of Santa Fe. My dream is to have her and the Stinquey Law Girls meet up with you and Mrs. RML.
/come true California lottery dreams…
Yeah. They will defend him, but he has lost stature.
Good one. Labeling the stupid right is not as easy as it seems.
um…you left me out of Stin*uey Law Girls….i’m sooo sensitive!
they also let jews in butte montana. ratbastards grandmother is from there. she died a few years ago at the age of 90 and had great stories of growing up in her parents general store and all her indian friends. she was a lifelong friend of some chief. and there were other jews there too!
@SanFranLefty: Ginsburg Update (SNS, Santa Fe, Aug. 22) – The Bird Woman of Justice was scheduled to see La Traviata last night (it’s not as good as the production of a few years back, we hear) and saw the Elixir of Love earlier this week, which btw, was a hoot. She was way cool with photographers, including our friend Jane whose dad was probably a spy, as anyone who traveled with a couple of federales for muscle would be. Mrs RML on Ginsburg: “She’s a midget!”
@baked: A Jewish cat was actually elected governor of one of the Indian pueblos out here about a hundred years ago. The Museum of New Mexico recently did an exhibition of the Jewish pioneers of New Mexico. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Bibo.html
The Maloofs (The Palms in Vegas, Sactown Kings, exHouston Rockets) were originally Lebanese immigrants who made their fortune as Coors distributors here. Mrs RML’s great uncle was in biddness with a “Malouf” uncle for a while.
Yes I read about the genetic findings re: Mexico circa 1600. Fascinating.
WOW…that is some story reds…it gave me chills.
a jewish indian chief! wonder if mel brooks knew about this?
the yiddish speaking chief in blazing saddles is one of his best characters of all time!
@blogenfreude: Each moment, each day.
@Tommmcatt Floats: Oh, Baby!
@Dodgerblue: I’m so sorry. :-P
@SanFranLefty: Sherman Alexie rocks the mullet like only and NDN can!
@SanFranLefty: I’m meh on Sotomayor. That dude whose atty was four days late in filing and ended up in jail for what? four extra years, 16 total. That alone soured me. We hold fast to grudges here in Philly. She can kiss my multiracial ass.
That said, I have peeps in ABQee I need to see, so let’s make a plan. We also need to figure out what’s going on in DC because I need a lot of lead time.
@redmanlaw: You know I read “kitty,” right? You hep cats and your kool.
@baked: How’s my girl?
@baked: I left you out of the law girls b/c you are always disavowing your past life as an attorney.
@baked: I was thinking “Mel Brooks” also.
Hey – third break in at Casa RML! WTF? I went out to the range today while Mrs RML went to Indian market and found out someone had been in the house while I was away. Came in through the office window. This shit is getting old. Nothing taken.
it’s a love story gone wrong is what it is lefty.
the end of my innocence.
the first time i knew i wasn’t gonna change the world.
and i just want to be in that club with my best girls!
@redmanlaw: When we look back in fondness on the O’Connor days, we are in a heap o’shit.
@Dodgerblue: If I start doing that, I remember that she brought us George W. Bush. Those 5 have blood on their hands.
@redmanlaw: You guys need to get a dog. Best security system ever, especially if you let them sleep in your bedroom. They will protect you to the death.
@SanFranLefty: What happened to that escape artist Husky? Doggie Heaven?
@JNOV: Oh, my former roommate’s dog? He wasn’t a husky, he was a hound/pit/something mix. He went to the Dog Park in the Sky a couple of years ago, at the age of 16. He was such an escape artist – he’d break out of the house, jump the fence, and take off for miles. He’d get halfway to Half Moon Bay or San Mateo, and we’d get calls to come pick him up.
When I lived in DC a guy tried to break into my house one morning – I was coming down the stairs and saw him at the back sliding glass door – my dog and my then-roommate’s Lab saw him when I started yelling at him and it’s a wonder they didn’t break the glass door, they both ran at it and him so fast. By the time I got to the door to open it to sic them on him, he had run out and over the back fence.
I think that if he hadn’t made it over the fence, they would have hurt him bad. And I probably would have been sued.
@SanFranLefty: I thought RML had a husky that used to keep jumping the fence.
@JNOV, Lefty: Our old Husky Sam (later Samdar, after an Iraqui soldier named Sandar I saw on tv one night) has his ashes scattered up at our old ranch. We traded out worthless Sheltie to my mother in law for her badass Chow/Pueblo Barking Dog mix that chases people over 6 ft fences. The security cam/alarm will be next, with the window and door bars last. Locks, doors, and windows are made to stop nice people. We figure these assholes are kids judging by their their starting in Son of RML’s room and loading his pack with change and stuff.
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