I was contacted through this blog by a north Idaho businessman who has announced his candidacy for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Larry Craig.
Richard Phenneger has impressive credentials, which you are invited to check out at his website. It is hard for a conservative to argue with his positions on his self-defined issues. His life experience is impressive, with years in the military, commercial airlines, and now in business. His family, apparently, is sterling.
Is he too good to be true?
I am forced to answer “yes”. There are two flies in Richard Phenneger’s oatmeal, fruit-fly size as they may seem. Tucked away in the list of organizations to which he belongs are included the AARP and the Idaho Conservation League.
You remember the AARP, the organization formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons. (You weren’t aware they no longer feature “American” in their name? They are now simply the “AARP”, in order to be more inclusive.) This is the organization that proudly supports socialization of major portions of the US economy, higher taxes to provide more government care for seniors, and which “leads positive social change” (read: “give all your money to old folks”).
The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) is a leading proponent of additional wilderness, locking Idahoans out of more of their state. The ICL invites you to become an “adoptive parent” of roadless forest, lobby against mining and other legal activities, and to help block the use of private property by curbing development.
OK, maybe these are horse flies in Phenneger’s oatmeal.
Perhaps he would answer as did then-candidate Mike Simpson, as he attempted to explain away his membership in the ACLU. “It’s the best way to find out what the enemy is up to”, he said, coyly.
I didn’t believe Simpson at the time, and I wouldn’t believe it from Phenneger, either.
There was also one “issue” that was prominent by its absence on the Phenneger webpage: abortion. Perhaps that was an oversight. If so, I hope he will soon set us all straight on his position regarding pre-born life.
After an examination of the Richard Phenneger campaign website, I find it quite impossible to support him. Something could happen to change my mind, but it doesn’t appear likely.
To coin a phrase, “voter beware”.
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