Yates mailer causes backlash in GOP

Mike Duff is pictured at the Idaho Republican Convention in Nampa in 2016. Duff, who this week authored a controversial political mailer against lieutenant governor candidate Steve Yates, ran against Yates for the state party chairmanship in 2016 and lost. The Spokesman-Review

A recent mailer attacking former Idaho Republican Party chairman and lieutenant governor candidate Steve Yates has led to a strong backlash within Republican circles. The mailer includes portions of a private email sent by Yates’ wife to the late Sheila Olsen, a longtime pillar of the GOP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, regarding financial troubles. The author of the mailer, Mike Duff, defended the inclusion of the email, saying simply: “Dead people do not have an expectation of privacy.”

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