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Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 11:41 a.m.

Mary Wouldn’t Even Vote For Hart

At OpenCDA today, Mary Souza walks us through her conundrum re: Rep. Phil Hart, concluding that state committeeman Matt Roetter is obligated to support Hart although he considers Hart to be a tax cheat and timber thief. And that she wouldn't vote for Hart this time if she lived in his district. Mary said she's been too caught up in other things to speak her mind on the Hart issue. But she saw the light last night while sitting next to Hart at the meeting of Kootenai County Republicans: "But last night cleared the clutter of all the innuendo and defenses, for me anyway." After dismissing much of Hart's indiscretions as old news or "being within the specific wording of the law," Mary says she wouldn't say a word publicly against Hart, if she held the office of state committeeman "because it would be my JOB to, at the minimum, do no harm to the candidate chosen by the primary voters of my district." Yet, she foamed for almost a year on much smaller allegations against County Clerk Dan Englilsh that failed to pass legal muster in Judge Charles Hosack's courtroom. Amazing how partisan filters blind the wearers.

Question: Why can't the partisan Republicans see their hypocrisy in giving a free pass to Phil Hart while attacking Democrats for the smallest of things?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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