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Takasugi Rides Again

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Former director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture Pat Takasugi announced last week that he will take on Rep. Curtis Bowers, R-Caldwell, for the District 10 legislative seat.

It's the same seat Takasugi was passed over for when Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed Bowers to fill the position of retiring Rep. Bob Ring last year.

Takasugi was the apparent frontrunner for the appointment and was listed as the Canyon County Republican Party's first choice in a list of candidates sent to the governor.

But Otter bypassed both Takasugi and No. 2 on the list, attorney John Rice, to appoint Bowers, a restaurant owner. The move raised questions about a possible feud between Otter and Takasugi, although Takasugi told BW at the time that he didn't know what he did to tick to governor off (BW, News, "The Fall of Pat," April 25, 2007).

Since starting at the Legislature, Bowers has made headlines of his own, by writing a guest editorial in the Idaho Press-Tribune, claiming that he infiltrated a Communist meeting in Berkeley, Calif. in 1992. According to Bowers, the feminism, environmental and gay-rights movements are just the Commies' ways of trying to bring down the United States (BW, News, "Comrade Bowers," Jan. 23, 2008).

Takasugi is the owner of Takasugi Seed Farms in Wilder, served in the Department of Agriculture under three governors and is the former chairman of the Canyon County Republican Party. He also has his first big-name endorsement in the form of former Gov. Phil Batt.