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Fri., Jan. 31, 2014, 9:38 a.m.

GOP Chair: ‘I Am Not Press Friendly’

Snippet from Jeff Selle's report of Bjorn Handeen's Precinct 52 Republican luncheon Thursday:

(Kootenai County GOP Chairman Neil Oliver) said the central committee is the place to air differences on political ideas, and by engaging the press, members are simply engaging in gossip. "I am not press-friendly because they will twist anything you say," Oliver said. "I don't do much with the press, but I do speak with them when they call me. "I could put forth something in the press but quite honestly most people don't read the press that are Republican, and most people don't read the press that aren't Republican," he continued. "They are dead. Their brand is completely dead. The press is just burning time. They are fire starters for people with woodstoves."

Quiestion: Should the leader of a local political party be somewhat press friendly?

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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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