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Stapilus: Why Luna ‘BS’ Matters

Superintendent Tom Luna and wife, Cindy, talk with North Idaho College trustee candidates Paul Matthews, left, and Ron Nilson at the GOP Women's Club monthly lunch at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Thursday. (Duane Rasmussen photo special to HucksOnline)

Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press explains why it matters whether or not Superintendent Tom Luna uttered the BS word to Democrat Brian Cronin at their debate over the Luna Laws in Boise this week, especially if both run for governor in 2014:

That's mattering a little more as time goes on, because the dispute is unresolved. If, say, Luna had acknowledged the remark Cronin alleges — whether it was real or not, or maybe some kind of half-mea culpa (“I may have been a little heated there,” or something similar) might have sufficed — he would have had the whole matter behind him; the subject is asked and answered. Representative Raul Labrador did that when his opponent criticized him for missing too many votes in Congress. He offered a partial explanation, but then said that, yes, he had missed more votes than he should have, and he would try to do better in future. That closed the subject (for now anyway). It's the nagging loose ends that give the story some legs. The comment Luna was said to have delivered wasn't, after all, so terribly extreme even if true. But the did-he or didn't-he aspect may not specifically go away, and it may feed into other narratives down the road. Full column here.

Question: Am I the only one who thinks this flap is silly?


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