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Paper: Minnick Ad Appeals To Bigotry

Idaho Falls Post Register gives "jeers" to Congressman Walt Minnick for his recent attack ad on Republican opponent Raul Labrador. Writes the Post Register: "Labrador is an immigration attorney.  That gave the Minnick camp the bright idea to run an ad claiming that 'illegal immigration may be good  for Raul Labrador, but that makes him wrong for Idaho.' Idaho political historian Randy Stapilus nailed it when he wrote that line 'can hardly be read other than as an appeal to bigotry.'  The liberal Daily Kos blog went one further, referring to Minnick as a 'bigoted ass.'  We don’t know whether that’s true. But certainly this was a cheap shot and in no way conducive to inspiring public debate that focuses on issues and not simply denigrating the opponent.”

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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