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Schroeder Blasts Tea Party Candidates

Do Latah County citizens really want two anti-public education Tea Party members to represent them in the Idaho Legislature? This year, high school dropout Isaac Young and disgruntled former teacher Gresham Bouma have taken advantage of the Tea Party movement to fuel their personal grudges against our public schools. If they are elected, your kids will pay the price. Tea Party enthusiast Young says he left Moscow High School because he was being "brainwashed." He promises to eliminate all property and income taxes, but has little understanding of the consequences of his proposal. His Tea Party running mate and friend, Bouma, is a government-hating, theocracy-leaning activist who proudly joined a speaking tour and website with Rep. Phil Hart of Hayden Lake/Sen. Gary Schroeder, Moscow-Pullman Daily News letter to the editor. More here.

Question: Schroeder, a long-time Republican moderate from District 6, lost his re-election bid to Bouma in the GOPrimary, 57.5% to 42.5%. Do you view this letter of his as a warning against extremism or sour grapes?

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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