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Where’s Gus?

In the second day since he was unceremoniously dumped by Kootenai County voters, Commissioner Gus Johnson still is sulking. He hasn’t returned phone calls to reporters. He has ignored them when they’re sitting in the commissioner’s office waiting for him. He could learn from former Commissioner Dick Panabaker’s example and accept defeat graciously. It’s part of life. As is, he’s acting like a sore loser, and no one likes a sore loser …

Related: Great expectations: Commissioners-elect haven’t won voters over yet/D.F. Oliveria, SR.

Alice Rankin: You might add my husband as accepting defeat graciously in the 2002 Primary election. He went on the radio right after, at the courthouse with Dick Haugen, and said now that he was a lame duck, maybe he could go to work for AFLAC! He was immediately available to the press for comments. He took Rick Currie into his office in the next seven months to teach him the ropes before he took office and then supported him in the November election. You can’t get any more gracious than that.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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