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Malek sails troubled GOP waters

Coeur d’Alene attorney Luke Malek arrives at the courthouse to review files pertaining to an upcoming case on Sept. 9. (Kathy Plonka/Spokesman-Review)
Coeur d’Alene attorney Luke Malek arrives at the courthouse to review files pertaining to an upcoming case on Sept. 9. (Kathy Plonka/Spokesman-Review)

Luke Malek is a young lawyer, a North Idaho resident since the second grade with deep ties in the community, and the son of two local physicians. A Republican, he worked for former Sen. Larry Craig and Sen. Mike Crapo, and was recruited by former Gov. Jim Risch to be the state’s first governor’s representative to North Idaho. He comes from a religious family; his brothers are Matthew, Marc and John. Elected to the state Legislature in 2012, he quickly became a popular and well-respected lawmaker. But he barely squeaked through the GOP primary last year against an unknown newcomer. Welcome to GOP politics in heavily Republican, but still much-divided, Kootenai County/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the uberconservative RINOs oust Malek in the 2016 GOPrimaries?



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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