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Thu., May 23, 2013, 2:33 p.m.

Flashback: Attack On George Sayler

In the current issue of High Country News, an article by Sierra Crane-Murdoch re: Take over of North Idaho politics by archconservative emigres touches George Sayler's acknowledgement that he was an Obama supporter during the 2011 City Council race with Dan Gookin:

"A week later, Strategery reprinted the quote on a flier beside headshots of Sayler and Obama, and dropped it on peoples' doorsteps. Sayler lost by 15 percent. The City Council election aggravated an ideological conflict within the local Republican Party -- not between conservatives and moderates, but between those who believed, like (Tina) Jacobson, that only conservatives counted as Republicans, and those like (Ron) Lahr, who believed that any Republican, moderate or conservative, was better than a Democrat, and those like Gookin, who believed that there was still a sacred place for nonpartisanship. The flier unsettled Gookin -- Sayler's politics, though no secret, struck him as "just one of those things" that needn't be mentioned. (You can read article re: How Right-Wing Emigrants Conquered North Idaho, with subscription, here.)


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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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