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McHugh Won’t Review Mack Vote Issue

Item: McHugh's office won't review Mack vote case/Maureen Dowd, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: It's unclear yet if charges will be filed in the case of an allegedly forged Kootenai County Republican Central Committee proxy ballot, but it is likely the local prosecutor's office won't be making that call. Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh told The Press the matter would probably be sent out of the county to another office to review for possible prosecution. “I would anticipate that because I participated in the vote,” McHugh said.An evaluation independent of his office would be more fair, he said. The proxy ballot in question was cast on Feb. 28 when the county's committee of elected Republican precinctmen voted to retract the committee's invitation to Richard Mack to be the keynote speaker at the party's Lincoln Day Dinner on March 24. The vote in favor of rescinding the invitation was 31-30, and McHugh cast one of the winning votes.

How They Voted: Here's an unofficial list of how the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted on the Richard Mack issue.

Question: Should a county prosecutor who voted as a precinct committeeman in this matter be expected to investigate it?


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