Idaho tea party activist/GOP leader arrested for assault with a deadly weapon
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 in Ada County jail after being accused of pointing a
gun at the homeowner.
McAffee works for a contractor hired by Wells Fargo & Co. to document
the condition of homes where mortgages are past due or in foreclosure.
A Wells Fargo spokesman condemned McAffee's behavior, calling it
"horrific and absolutely inexcusable."
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.
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
McAffee acknowledged he pointed the gun at Lutes, according to the
From The Associated Press, 8/20/09