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Regan lashes out at Riggs family

In a strange comment below a Coeur d'Alene Press online story today, "Reflections from the primary," Brent Regan, chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, attacked House District 3 candidate Peter Riggs and his father, former Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs:

"On reflection, I think the big winner last night was Peter Riggs. When his father, Jack, was recruited to run for the senate it is reported that he said he was afraid it would ruin his marriage. Prescient words indeed. So, after watching his own family torn apart by the pressures of political life. I was a little surprised that a young father in a happy marriage would agree to follow the path of his father. Perhaps it was the desire of sons to succeed where their father's have failed or a father's desire to have their son follow in their footsteps. Regardless, if you do the same thing with the same people you should expect a similar result. I get the sense that Peter's "interest" in politics comes from external influences and not an internal drive; his heart doesn't seem in it. Peter is smart, talented and well spoken. Perhaps this adventure has cured him of the path that lead his family to pain."

DFO: Peter Riggs ran a terrific campaign, almost unseating state Rep. Donald Cheatham in House District 3. Before his appointment as a lieutenant governor, Jack Riggs served the Coeur d'Alene district well as a state senator. I hesitated to publish this comment. But it reflects more on the writer than it does on Jack Riggs and his family.

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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