25 Years ago: On April 25, 1988, I led off my Huckleberries column with this item:
Katie Brodie's possible campaign for the state Senate bears watching closely. It will be a surprise if she decides Tuesday to go ahead with her challenge fo Democratic Sen. Mary Lou Reed's seat. But if she does, she may have a trick or two up her sleeve. She showed her resourcefulness as vote-getter on election night 1986. At the time, she was Kootenai County's Republican Central Committee chairwoman. Amidst the revelry at GOP central that night, Katie promised she would run down Sherman Avenue buck naked if U.S. Sen. Steve Symms captured the Democratic stronghold of ewiston. The 20th Century Godiva wannabe had no intention of baring her assets, particularly to the likes of our downtown business crowd. She knew raving right-winger Symms had no chance of beating Democratic Gov. John Evans in blue-collar Nez Perce County. Evans bested Symms there 9,619 to 4,681. Katie didn't miss a beat when reminded Friday of the 18-month-old quote. “Well,” she said, “if it would win votes …” (SR file photo: Katie Brodie, fully clothed, as a commissioner-elect in December 2004).