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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014, 1:01 P.M.

Column: Toby Shoots 1st, Aims Later

In a Sept. 20, 2012, column for the Chico (Calif.) News Review, Robert Speer wrote the following about City Council candidate Toby Schindelbeck, who's now running against state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, for the House District 3A seat from Coeur d'Alene:

To local journalists, Chico City Council candidate Toby Schindelbeck is good copy, as we say in the trade: He’s a conservative firebrand—passionate, controversial and not afraid to shake things up. But he also has a tendency, as President Obama so famously said of Mitt Romney, “to shoot first and aim later.” There have been several examples of this. First there was his insistence, at a Tea Party rally in April, that low-income housing draws crime—a charge not borne out by police data. Then, in May, he publicly blamed the City Council for the closure of Fire Station 5, when it was the fire chief’s decision. That charge—and the threatening emails council members received as a result—upset even the conservatives on the panel. Schindelbeck also charged that the city had spent $74,000—money that could have been used to keep the station open—to buy five paintings for City Hall. Turned out the paintings had been purchased years earlier. Full column here.

Question: Do you think Coeur d'Alene residents are aware that Schindelbeck has lived in the Lake City only a year or so?

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