After David Trotter, a Democratic activist from Florida, went online yesterday to say he’s filing an Idaho Human Rights Commission complaint over an employment dispute with the Idaho Democratic Party, the party announced today that it had briefly hired him as executive director, then terminated him two days later.

“The Idaho Democratic Party hired David Trotter as Executive Director on Wednesday, Sept. 4 and terminated his employment on Friday, Sept. 6,” party Communications Director Lindsey Johnson said in an emailed statement today. “The IDP compensated him for travel expenses and a month’s work. The IDP is an equal opportunity employer and takes the selection of our employees very seriously. We strive to have the most effective and successful employees possible at all times.”

Trotter, in a blog post on Monday on “The Political Hurricane Florida Political Blog,” wrote that he’d filed a complaint the night before with the Idaho Human Rights Commission “regarding possible racial discrimination in my hiring process,” saying he won’t be getting into details and is securing legal counsel. The blog post was headlined, “Short statement regarding my firing as Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party.”

Trotter is listed as the founder of the blog; he notes that he worked on a number of Democratic political campaigns in Florida, Nevada, Utah and elsewhere. In 2016, he withdrew from a planned run for the Florida House.

The Idaho Democratic Party’s last executive director was Elle Casner, who left the position in March, though she's continuing to serve as a senior adviser. The party’s political director, Shelby Scott, is serving as acting executive director. "We're discussing internally right now how we'll move forward," Johnson said.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

Support Local Journalism


Load comments