Bonner County Republican leaders said they're embarassed, but a white supremacist and convicted batterer will be on the GOP ballot in the May 15 primary to become their county's top lawman.
Reuters is reporting that Shaun Patrick Winkler, who once worked for Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler, is one of three candidates for Bonner County sheriff, but Bonner County Republican Chairman Cornel Rasor likened Winkler's chances to "hearing a dying calf in a windstorm."
"It's really unfortunate and unfair," said Janice Schoonover of Sandpoint. "This just stirs the pot and makes us seem like something we're not."
In January, Winkler picketed a Martin Luther King Day celebration for school children at North Idaho College. In 2011, Winkler and a handful of followers demonstrated at taco stands to target Latinos in Coeur d'Alene.
"I don't know the man," said Rasor. "But I'm guessing that he's doing this to make some sort of statement."