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Moscow senate candidate says religious mailers were hoax

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press, via the Moscow-Pullman Daily News: MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Republican State Senate candidate Gresham Bouma denies sending out religious-leaning mailers in Latah County that urged voters to become true believers or be “struck down.” Bouma’s campaign is offering a $1,000 reward for information on the postcards, which were made to look as if they carried his endorsement and told voters: “You are not a true Christian and you are on the path to hell.” The Latah County prosecutor’s office is also investigating the mailer, which said a vote for Bouma was not enough and urged voters to join Freeze Community Church, which Bouma’s family attends. Pastor Lloyd Knerr says his church has never prayed to “strike down” anyone. Bouma beat nine-term Republican senator Gary Schroeder during the primary and faces Democrat Dan Schmidt in November.

Click below to read a joint statement from the Latah County Democratic and Republican party chairmen disavowing the postcard.


Date:  October 18, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Moscow, Idaho)


You may have received a postcard in the mail in the last day or so from “Friends of Bouma” that starts with “You are not a true Christian…”

The Latah County Democratic and Republican parties both believe this postcard is a hoax perpetrated on the citizens of Latah County. We jointly declare that our candidates do not campaign in this manner and that none of our candidates or campaigns had anything to do with the card.

We deplore the content of this card, which attempts to divide us based on religion; it is vile enough to be considered hate speech. This mailing does not further civil discourse and is a distraction from the important issues of this campaign.

We are sorry to see this attempt at distraction appear so close to the election.  We pledge that will actively encourage both the Latah Democrats and Republicans to continue to campaign in an ethical manner, respectful of their opponents and while focusing on the issues.

David Nelson, Chair                                             Walter Steed, Chair
Latah County Democrats                                     Republicans Latah County


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