North Idaho Republicans Trade Barbs on 'Mental Issues,' Taking Firewood


As the days dwindle to a precious few prior to Tuesday, Nov. 6's Election Day, the politics are getting uglier in one particular north Idaho race. But a good amount of the ugliness is between Republicans while Democrats look on from the side.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press chronicles the bizarre runoff for Benewah County commissioner. Incumbement Democrat Bud McCall is being accused of not even living in a district that he has represented for 34 years. McCall's challenger, Republican Thomas Howard, says McCall lives primarily in St. Maries, outside the district. But McCall's declaration of candidacy documents list an address in Fernwood that doesn't exist, according to the Press.

Making matters even more interesting is the fact that the chair of the Benewah County Republican Party, Pam Secord, is publicly supporting McCall, the Democratic candidate.

"Tom Howard doesn't have the support of Republicans and will not win this election," Secord told the Press.

But GOP candidate Howard lambasted his Republican colleague, calling Secord "crazy as a loon."

"I believe she has some mental issues," said Howard.

Secord fired back by accusing Howard of "taking firewood from a civic organization intended to help low-income and senior citizens get free firewood" and then turning around and selling it, she wrote in an email to the Press.

Howard said while working as a pastor eight years ago, he helped an elderly person get some firewood.

Only three more days, folks.