Idaho Congressional Candidate Accused of Threatening Store Employees With Gun


A Boise woman spent the better part of her weekend behind bars following a Friday night incident in which law enforcement said she threatened employees of a store with a gun.

Cynthia Clinkingbeard, 58, faces a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Cynthia Clinkingbeard practiced medicine in Idaho as an endocrinologist and specialized in diabetes and metabolism but the State of Idaho Board of Medicine revoked her license in 2005.

More recently, Clinkingbeard is a current Democratic candidate for Congress. She's currently scheduled to be on the May 15 Democratic party primary ballot for the First District congressional seat, currently held by Republican Rep. Raul Labrador.

But of a more immediate nature, she's facing a felony charge of aggravated assault. Boise police said they received a call about 9:15 p.m. on Friday from employees of the Staples store at the corner of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard. Witnesses said Clinkingbeard had "made strange, threatening remarks" and pulled out a handgun. Police officers later stopped a vehicle containing Clinkingbeard and two other adults, who told law enforcement that they were unaware of what happened in the store.

Clinkingbeard was booked into the Ada County Jail. She faces three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count for each clerk that was allegedly threatened.