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Frequent candidate’s latest antics: Donating to opponent, decrying PAC mailing

Perennial candidate Harley Brown, who is running in the GOP primary for governor along with incumbent Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Russ Fulcher, and anti-abortion advocate Walt Bayes, inexplicably made a $20 donation to Otter’s campaign on May 2. Now, he’s sent an email to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden saying though he’d earlier endorsed Wasden’s primary opponent, he’s having second thoughts after receiving a mailing attacking Wasden.

Brown's email, obtained under the Idaho Public Records Act, is headed, “LOUSY LYING[ PAC POSTCARD.” In all caps, Brown wrote, “Although I have publicly endorsed your opponent, Troupis, today I received a postcard from the ‘Integrity in Government’ PAC full of deceitful lies about you which infuriated me. The lying bastards should all be flogged. I am severely tempted to vote for you now just to spite the lying S.O.B.’s and make their evil plan backfire on them.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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