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Not A Real Democrat?

Alanna Brooks, a stealth Democratic candidate for Kootenai County clerk, is shown in a photo that tops her Alanna KB Facebook page. (Click to enlarge photo and read type).

Alanna Brooks, a Ron Paul fan devoted to the 2nd amendment, apparently isn't considered an “authentic Democrat” by the Kootenai County Democratic Party. Alanna is running as a Democrat for Kootenai County clerk and for Precinct 16 committee captain. However, she isn't identified as an “authentic Democrat” for either position in a list prepared by county Democratic leaders. Local Democrats identified her opp0nents Larry Belmont (clerk candidate) and Sheila Gary (write-in candidate for Precinct 16) as “authentic Democrats.” On her Facebook page, Alanna hints that she might be part of the attempt by uberconservative gadfly Larry Spencer to take over the local Democratic Party. On her Facebook wall, Alanna posted a Coeur d'Alene Press story about Spencer running as a Democrat for county assessor and admitting that four other like-minded people had filed for Democratic office, too. On Facebook, Alanna acknowledges: “I admit it. I'm part of the strategy.” Alanna was a Ron Paul delegate for Idaho at the 2008 GOP national convention in Minneapolis, Minn., and has run against GOP stalwart Ruthie Johnson for the GOPrecinct 16 committeeman post.

  • In the comments section, Alanna is shown emerging from Kootenai County Election Department after filing papers to be a Democratic candidate for 2 positions.

Question: Do you suppose Alanna could help Democrats overcome the image that they're anti-gun? Mebbe they should re-think their decision not to declare her an “authentic Democrat.”

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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