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Whalen Admits DUI Conviction …

… Says opponent Nonini's wife tried to get him kicked off Boys & Girls Club board as a result of 8YO DUI:

Pat Whalen shocked the audience Thursday night when he confessed to a driving under the influence conviction in 2006. But even more shocking was that he accused his opponent's wife, Cathyanne Nonini, of trying to use that information to get him kicked off the board of the Boys and Girls Club. “In 2006 I got a DUI,” he said, during a candidate forum at North Idaho College. “I was embarrassed and ashamed then, and I am embarrassed about it now in front of you.” He said the admission at the Republican primary candidate forum for the May 20 election, hosted by the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls chambers of commerce, was because Nonini was pushing the issue and Whalen wanted to clear the air. Sen. Bob Nonini, who Whalen is challenging in Legislative District 3, at first ignored the comment, but The Coeur d'Alene Press Managing Editor, Mike Patrick — who was moderating the forum — wasn't going to let it go/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Who is hurt more by bringing up this 8-year-old DUI — Whalen or Nonini?


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