I’m delighted that Hayden businessman Howard Griffiths has filed as a write-in candidate to challenge state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, in the fall general election. Hart may have been given a 4-3 (along partisan lines) pass re: his tax problems by the so-called ethics committee hand-picked by House Speaker Lawerence Denney. But he needs someone to hold his feet to raise questions re: his actions. Republicans may want to look the other way. And some may consider Hart to be some sort of hero for resisting income tax payments that now has him about $700,000 in arrears to the IRS & Idaho Tax Commission. But a lot of North Idahoans are repulsed that he can continue to dodge tax payments while he sits on the House Revenue & Tax Commission that affects the taxes that affect the rest of us. I only wish Griffiths would have filed as a Democrat or Independent so he would have had a better shot at upsetting Hart.
Question: What value is there in having a write-in candidate face state Rep. Phil Hart?