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Fischer Aims At Shealy


Alan Shealy's recent decision to run again for his Boise City Council seat (BW, News, "Shealy Seeks Re-election," Aug. 8, 2007) has earned him the scrutiny of one Bryan Fischer, executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance.

Fischer hasn't forgotten Shealy's outspokenness over the decision to move the 10 Commandments monument out of Julia Davis Park, and he's looking for opponents to run against Shealy in this November's election.

"I certainly hope someone who shares more traditional values will run against him," Fischer told BW. "I do know there are some people who are giving it some thought."

But those people aren't quite ready to say so publicly, he said.

Fischer contends Shealy's comments about the monument, about running for City Council vs. the U.S. Senate (he briefly considered a run for Sen. Larry Craig's seat) and about the police contract talks (he told BW the Boise Police Union leaders were on "dope and dog food" because of hardball negotiating tactics) have made the councilor vulnerable.

"I think the pro-family community in Boise would enthusiastically support a pro-family candidate who would challenge Alan Shealy," Fischer said. "He's said things and taken positions that an opponent could take advantage of." The perception of Shealy as "arrogant" and an "elitist," Fischer said, could also create trouble for the incumbent, who is completing his first full term.

But Fischer's allies haven't done so well in recent attempts to enter city government. Fundamentalist Christian activist Brandi Swindell tanked in her attempt to unseat City Councilor Maryanne Jordan in 2005, garnering only 30 percent of the vote.