Panhandle Pachyderm President Luke Sommer (left), Prosecutor Barry McHugh (center), and GOPrimary challenger Don Gary, Spokane tax lawyer, at noon luncheon today at Templin's Red Lion in Post Falls
Donald Gary, an attorney with little to know criminal law background, came out swinging today in his debate with incumbent Prosecutor Barry McHugh (pictured) at a Republican candidates' debate at the weekly Panhandle Pachyderm Club meeting in Post Falls. Gary said: "A prosecutor is a minister of justice." Also, according to an embedded HucksOnline reporter, he said he considered the Jonathan Ellington (road rage) case as "scary stuff," and he isn't interested in going back to "the days of Roy Bean." Gary freely admitted that McHugh has significantly more criminal experience, adding that he graduated magna cum laude and has significant tax experience. The tax code, he said, is more sophisticated than the criminal code and he feels he can master it. McHugh, meanwhile, has tried everything from parking tickets to capital murder. Also, Gary said he would have supported a new election in the 2009 Kennedy-Brannon vote challenge. In closing, McHugh said he is passionate about his community and his employees. He grew slightly emotional, and it was well received.
Question: Would you support a prosecutor candidate with little or no criminal experience?