Idaho GOP Leader, Tea Party Organizer, Charged With Assault

Friday, August 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm

The goings-on of red state Republican officials aren’t usually national news, but this story from Boise is a fitting postscript to a week that started with Second Amendment activists bringing guns to a presidential speech and muttering about “forcefully resisting” the government.

Challis McAffee, a Ron Paul-supporting Republican Party leader from a suburb of Idaho’s capital city, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for pointing a gun at a homeowner. Why was he confronting the homeowner? Well, he was hired “to document the condition of homes where mortgages are past due or in foreclosure.”

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Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

Let's have some real reporting… “in CONTEXT”. What were the events that led to the drawing of the gun? What actually happened at the scene? The fact is, I don't know. I have seen a few stories about the event and I still don't know. All I hear is that an active Ron Paul activist pointed a gun at a home owner. No mention of why, but assumption. That is not news. It seems more like a smear campaign than a report of any kind.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

1. He was arrested by the police for assault.

2. He was charged.

That's a story.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

Here is Challis' side of the story, as reporded by”

“Challis was at the house taking pictures from the front seat of his car. A female from the residence came out and asked him what he was doing. He explained and then she saw the weapon in between his seat and the center console. She said oh you have a weapon, Challis answered yes and she said that she was going to call law enforcement. Challis said go ahead, he left and shortly after that Challis was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. This charge carries with it a $50,000 bail.”

Dig for the real story. This is his side of the story. There are no charges yet, so what are the TWO sides of the story? News should be ballanced and not make any assumptions.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

That's not a story… that is lazy reporting. No digging at all.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

Assumptions? Like assuming something you find on is the “real story?”

Tell us more about not making assumptions.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

Ahem. From the Idaho Statesman story linked in the post:

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.

McAffee didn't return a phone call seeking comment Thursday evening.

They called McAffee for his side of the story. They talked to the police. What more do you want them to do? Get a time machine and go back to videotape the incident?

Seriously, Paulbot, don't lecture people on how to be journalists. You don't have a clue (as with all Paulbots).

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

You're an idiot. I didn't have to dig at all to find that out.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

I don't assume either side. I just posted the other side. That's called telling the story on both sides. I don't know the giuy, but the above article has it seem like he is guilty, and fitting it in with another GOP guy with a gun… you see my point? It is leading and does no service to call it a NEWS story.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

Big WHOOP…journalism has sure gone downhill.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

unless a bona fide journalist doesn't report it, a 'clarification' from is bullcrap, and is designed to make the GOP crazy look like a martyr or something. BTW, if you're going to websites like instead of real journalistic websites, you probably would believe Palin too.

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

:), John Galt, I can't believe I'm wasting time on this, but looks to me like you're a Ron Paul supporter yourself. Do you feel bad that your friends are being exposed for what they are? This is hardly a decent outlet for your emotional outpouring, Johnny. Find a health care debate at a town hall near you! Don't forget to bring your AR-15 with you!

Comment posted August 21, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

Weak story- grabbing for straws?

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 12:25 am

Yeah, its a 'weak story' alright because it shows the side of Libertarianism(tm) that the Pauldroids don't want you to see: Frog-marching debtors out of their homes at gunpoint.

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 12:33 am

If I'm trying to find out this guy's side of the story, I would go to the guy himself or to those who know him. Should I have gone to the homeowner? No. I would have gone to the homeowner if I wanted to know what the homeowner's side of the story was. I wouldn't rely on passed on material like Mr Weigel seems to have don.. and dripping with bias, I might add.

It's called integrity.

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 12:41 am

So you have a preconceived bias that this guy is a criminal? Have you ever reposessed a car? People get awfully crazy when they feel you are a threat. There are many possible scenarios as to how this went down, but you gleaned guilt on the part of the accused. Good thing you are not a jurer. Go watch “12 Angry Men” someday. The only thing in this story is an accusation and demonization by packaging him with another story).

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 12:43 am

Huh? Where do you get your information? Emotion or evidence?

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 9:52 am


Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 11:01 am

Oh yeah, just want us to believe the press and call a man guilty based on police arresting a Ron Paul supporter? The vids online are all about the police overstepping our civil rights, but now we are supposed to believe this patriotic guy is a threat to society.
Who knows? We werent there and he is innocent until proven guilty. No guilt by association either just because some folks dont like what Ron Paul stands for.
Ron Paul is probably the only person in the repub party who can stand by his voting record unashamed. He walks the talk.

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 1:21 pm


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Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

Wing nuts have no respect for law enforcement or law and order.

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

The irony of this is staggering. Flip it around and how would this supposed “Libertarian” feel if it was his house being staked out by an average jackass with a weapon. Thought so.

Apparently, the concept of Liberty only applies to the Paultards and nobody else, natch.

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

Research the story bright boy, this is from his EMPLOYER….

After a call from the AP, Wells Fargo said it would investigate the incident.

“Mr. McAffee's behavior is horrific and absolutely inexcusable,” said Jason Menke, a spokesman for the bank. “Our policy is to ensure that our customers, including those in financial distress, are always treated respectfully and with dignity. We have already begun to look into this with our contractor to make sure they are reinforcing these policies.”…

Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

Of course he wouldn't like it… Nor would I. That isn't the point. This story is recklessly assuming guilt by accusation alone. The point is, if your data is minimal with not much to go on, you shouldn't write the story. If you and your neigbor have a dispute over a lawnmower and I talk to just your neighbor to find out what happened, should I start warning your other neighbors about you? Of course not. I don't have the full story, nor all the evidence. Same issue.

Comment posted August 23, 2009 @ 12:23 am

BeingJohnGalt protests WAY too much, methinks.

Nowhere does Mr. Weigel opine about McAffee's “guilt.”

McAffee was arrested. That is a fact and is reported as such.

McAffee was charged with a specific crime. That is a fact, and is reported as such. Mr. Weigel does not write that McAffee pointed a gun at anyone. He explains that McAffee was arrested and charged with doing so.

If BeingJohnGalt wants to contend that McAffee was NOT “confronting the homeowner” by staking out the homeowner's house with a GUN IN HIS CAR IN PLAIN VIEW, then BeingJohnGalt can make that contention and immediately reveal himself to be the brain-dead Paulbot we already know him to be.

It strains credulity to think that the police in lily-white Boise would arrest a Republican guy named Challis McAffee who did nothing wrong and charge him with a very specific crime.

But it also strains credulity that anyone would call themselves BeingJohnGalt.

Even so, BeingJohnGalt is shooting first and reading second. Nonsensical accusations against a fine reporter of sloppy reporting. All Mr. Weigel did is report what the police and district attorney claim. That's good reporting. He's not likely to get anything out of Mr. I Brought My Gun To Ask Questions And Make Sure I Get Good Answers; accused criminals typically avail themselves of the right to remain silent when asked questions by the POLICE, to say nothing of reporters.

Truth hurts, huh?

Comment posted August 23, 2009 @ 11:06 am

This story by Mr. Weigel did nothing more than report that the guy was arrested and charged. Got a quarrel with the facts, Mr. Galt? The man was arrested and charged. No one except you made any comment on his actual guilt.

The clown will have his day in court. The DA has to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. And if he does, I'm sure tough law-and-order conservatives like you would like to see him locked up for about 15 years. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a serious charge.

Comment posted August 23, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

On the contrary, Pug, the article was trying to tie him in with another incident with a guy who had a gun at an Obama health care rally, implying that these 'Ron Paul types' are dangerous.

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