Friday, May 2, 2014

North Idaho GOP Candidates Trade Barbs on Each Other's Arrest

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Things got personal and downright uncomfortable Thursday night at a North Idaho political forum.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the forum took a turn when candidate Pat Whalen, who is challenging Coeur d'Alene Sen. Bob Nonini in the May 20 GOP primary, admitted to a 2006 DUI. That's when Nonini said that Whalen was trying to revisit Nonini's own run-in with the law.

"In fact, Pat Whelan has brought it up in a number of candidate forums," said Nonini."Yes, 35 years ago I had an arrest (referring to a charge of cocaine possession with intent to distribute). It's been dismissed and I have no conviction as Pat does with his DUI conviction. Pat is running a little bit scared. He is quick to criticize me, now that his issue is out there."

But Whalen pushed back, saying he hasn't once brought up Nonini's 1983 arrest. Instead, Whalen said that Cathyanne Nonini, the wife of the Idaho senator, tried to use Whalen's arrest to get him kicked off the board of the local Boys and Girls Club.

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