... That reps from the Post Falls Mafia were noticeably absent from Commissioner Gus Johnson's re-election announcement at the courthouse today. And that none of the PFM signed his candidacy petition. Instead, Jim Putnam of mega-church Real Life Ministries was there -- and signed Gus's petition. All of which speaks to a strange alignment of the moon and stars that has Gus at odds with his former handlers and undergoing a religious experience. Underscoring this aspect is the final line of his annoucement speech: "My wife and I have been blessed to live and work and play here in Kootenai County. God has opened those doors for me to serve and give back to the county that has been my home my entire life, and I give him all the praise." Have the Powers That Be in River City abandoned the former mayor? Has Gus had a Damascus Road experience? Inquiring minds want to know.
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.