If past storms are any indication, the Idaho Statesman’s lightning rod reporter, Dan Popkey, will attract some high voltage strikes from the Christians after endorsing Maryanne Jordan for Boise City Council.
In the Sunday edition Popkey fired some less than friendly sniper shots at
challenger Brandi Swindell, calling her “an extremist who opposes condom use and has zero experience with the collaborative skills it takes to make a city work.” Condoms and collaborative skills?
The only time the GUARDIAN would use CONDOM and CITY in the same sentence would be, “Taxpayers hope the city council uses a condom the next time it decides to finance a new building.”
All those people who get annexed against their will or have infill houses squeezed into their neighborhood would want the city to use a condom as well.
We predict the Republicans and Christians will gang up on Popkey with letters to the editor and requests for campaign donations based on his column. There is a long standing Statesman joke among politicians that goes: “If you really like me, please don’t endorse me.”
Statesman staffers are all silent about the departure of the last reporter who wrote unkind things about Brandi. That guy is simply, “no longer with us.”
The local Christians sent letters and e-mails complaining about his “sexist remarks” published in the the Statesman’s imitation of the Boise Weekly called Thrive.
While Popkey declares Swindell to be, “Not grown up enough” for the city councilor job, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition in D.C. has sent a check for $1,000 to Brandi’s campaign fund.
In a passionate fund raising letter he praises the 28-year-old saying, “if she wins she will be an inspiration and role model for thousands of young people.” He claimed Swindell can bring home the winning votes for a mere $30,000.
This race is going to just get funner and funner prior to the November 8 election. Finally! A reason to vote.
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