You know you have entered the political silly season when your dinner or evening plans are regularly interrupted by robocalls. So it is in Sandpoint, where the mayoral race pitting Sandpoint City Council President Shelby Rognstad against challenger Mose Dunkel.
Both candidates are denying any involvement, but Sandpoint residents have been receiving calls of a recorded male voice saying Rognstad thinks voters are "stupid," and adding he is unemployed and only running for mayor for a paycheck (Rognstad recently closed the bookstore/tea house/cafe he operated in Sandpoint for 10 years).
Worse yet, the robocall criticizes Rognstad's record of voting in favor of higher density, low-income housing in Sandpoint as turning the resort community into a "Ferguson, Mo.," which is then described as a "violent jungle of looters and primitive destroyers."
The message concludes by saying Sandpoint needs a "protector," not a "feminized" mayor, and that it was paid for by Sandpoint United Against Shelby.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander reports
Rognstad is actually employed through his own real estate and private lending companies. As for the comment calling Rognstad "feminized," he told the Inlander
, "I don't know if I can answer that for you, other than I had long hair. I think it falls in line with the general homophobic and racist tones of the message. I currently have short hair, by the way."
Meanwhile, opponent Dunkel told the Bonner County Bee
he's not behind the calls.
"It's definitely not a help for me," Dunkel told the Bee.
You can listen to the full robocall by clicking here
(courtesy of KRFY community radio in Sandpoint).