Sally Boynton Brown would not be bested by a backhoe.
A few days before Christmas, the executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party sat for one interview at party headquarters in Boise, awaiting a phone call for a second interview on live radio with Alan Colmes of Fox News. The backhoe was tearing up the alley behind Democratic headquarters, making nonstop racket.
The call from Colmes’ producer rang in. Boynton Brown, the chief paid staffer for Idaho’s plucky if electorally challenged Democrats and the fifth announced candidate to be chair of the Democratic National Committee, jumped into a darkened closet, closed the door and did the 20-minute interview from there.