IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An organizer for an Idaho Republican Party fundraiser in southeast Idaho says she's having trouble selling tickets because the main speaker is a tea party activist from Washington, D.C., rather than an Idaho candidate.

Marsha Bjornn served as the GOP Region 7 chairwoman for 15 years. She tells the Post Register that her replacement, Bryan Smith, brushed aside opinions of traditional Republicans in selecting Matt Kibbe, of Freedom Works.

Smith counters that having someone of Kibbe's caliber will be a major draw for the fundraiser and a feather in the party's cap. Kibbe is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Aug. 28 event in Idaho Falls.