Jonathan Parker — the former state chairman of the Idaho Republican Party — has been arrested and booked on a first-degree felony stalking charge.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Parker was arrested and charged in Boise, Idaho on Thursday night, and as of this writing, is currently awaiting his arraignment. No details on the alleged crime have yet been released by the Boise Police Department.
Parker was initially elected as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party in July of 2017, and was re-elected in July of 2018. He served in the position until February of 2019. In 2017, Parker also launched his own political consulting firm, called “Parker Public Affairs.”
In his resignation letter earlier this year, Parker credited his decision with stepping down to no longer having the time to be the state GOP chairman following the birth of his new baby.
“Serving as your chairman, while maintaining a full-time job and being a fully engaged father has been harder than I imagined, so much so that I have reluctantly decided that I should no longer continue to serve as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party so that I can focus on the priorities I place above all others,” Parker wrote on February 18.
Roughly a month later, Parker’s wife, Kelly, filed for divorce. However, those records are sealed, according to the Statesman, so the reason for the sudden divorce is still unknown.
Parker isn’t the only state Republican Party chairman to be recently charged with a felony. In April, Robin Hayes — chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party — was indicted by a federal grand jury in an investigation over illegal campaign donations. The state party organization is now cooperating with investigators in the probe.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.