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Iraq Veteran Whipple: I’m A RINO?!

Army National Guard Capt. Andrew Whipple, left, with an Iraqi police officer on Election Day 2005 in Iraq. (Courtesy photo: Andrew Whipple)

Instructor Andrew Whipple of Kootenai High, a candidate for GOPrecinct 70 committeeman, was surprised to land on the RINO list circulated at The Altar on Best Avenue/CdA Sunday AM. He comments here: “Maybe I made the RINO list because of my love for the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment give citizens the right to vote for our U.S. Senators. Many of the GOP in our State want the 17th Amendment repealed and returning the right to vote for U.S. Senators to our State Reps and Senators. Maybe some of our GOP want the 13th and 19th Amendment repealed as well. I doubt many of my fellow GOP were on the ground in Iraq in 2005 when the Iraqi people enjoyed their first free election. Seeing the joy on their faces as they emerged from the voting centers with ink on their finger (signifying they voted) will always be etched in my mind and there is no way I want to take a step backwards when it comes to my freedoms and rights.”

DFO: Andrew Whipple was a captain with the 116th Engineer Battalion of the Idaho Army National Guard from November 2004 until November 2005. He also served as a company commander. He was deployed with fellow Kootenai High School teacher and Coeur d'Alene High alum Kevin Kincheloe, a platoon sergeant.

Question: Seems local Tea-publicans consider your position on the 17th amendment lunacy to be more important than your service to this country in the Middle East. Thoughts?

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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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