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Trib: Jeers to Rep. Heather Scott

In his Cheers & Jeers column, state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gives JEERS ... to state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard:

It's been weeks since allegations emerged that some of her supporters harassed Democratic challenger Kate McAlister's 90-year-old mother-in-law and ran off a 21-year-old Brigham Young University-Idaho student working as a Democratic Party field organizer.

She still won't publicly discourage her supporters from engaging in such behavior. Instead, she emailed the Idaho Statesman's Rocky Barker: "It's campaign season and mudslinging appears to be the approach of my opponents. ... While allegations make great headlines, they are just that: assertions that someone has done something illegal or wrong, made without proof."

Well, not exactly.

As Barker noted, Scott signed a campaign flier with this message: "If you see Democrat signs go up in your neighborhood, please write down a house number and street name. ...We are trying to figure out which 'Republicans' may really be Democrats in disguise on the voter logs."

Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall has referred the case to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Meanwhile, state Democrats have approached U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson to look into it. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

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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