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Mon., April 24, 2006, 9:16 a.m.

Huckleberries Becomes Part of Mitchell-Amaro Dust-Up

"(Rami) Amaro said she has been the subject of threats and personal attacks that she describes as 'atrocious, underhanded and juvenile.'

"She said she contacted the prosecutor's office out of concern for her children after reading a comment a reader posted on a Spokesman-Review blog, Huckleberries Online, that asked, "Would Rami know if her kids were kidnapped?"

"On that same blog, one commentator posted Amaro's picture next to a photo of a bank robber. She said that there have been numerous personal attacks and that she's even been accused of being a bad mother.

"She said she wants Mitchell to rein in his supporters.

"'Mitchell, put your foot down, be an ethical, moral citizen and tell your supporters to stop,' Amaro said.

"In an interview Wednesday, Mitchell told The Spokesman-Review there's no telling whether comments about Amaro come from his supporters or people who just don't support her – especially because contributors to the blog aren't required to post their names.

"'You could look at it that anything that goes against you as a candidate must come from the opposition's supporters, but maybe it's people that are criticizing something you did,' Mitchell said. 'They may be criticizing my opponent when they don't even know me.'"

For the rest of the Thursday story about the Mitchell-Amaro judicial race, that included comments about this blog, click here.

Question: I can't figure out why this judicial race has created so much heat. As I've said before, both sides have thrown mud on this blog. So, I'm amazed at how anyone can point the finger at the other side. Why do you think this race is getting so much attention?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.