Oler and other Democrats need to own their party affiliation

Oler and other Democrats need to own their party affiliation

If there’s one thing I’ve come to expect every general election cycle it’s Democrats around here running for office and never mentioning the fact that they’re Democrats. Or avoid talking about why they’re Democrats. They don’t bring it up in interviews. They don’t put it on their literature. They don’t display it on their signs or in ads. If the candidate mentions party affiliation at all, it’s buried deep on a website somewhere. Doyle Beck It’s easy to understand why. We are all fully aware that Democrats struggle to win in Idaho. All the statewide offices are held by Republicans. Our congressional delegation is all Republican. Most state legislative seats are held by Republicans. Democrats do win from time to time, but around here they either win by saying they’re Republican when really they’re not or by running for supposedly non-partisan seats like city council or school board. I’d much rather Democrats seek office as Democrats, rather than run as Republicans so that they can get elected. But I’d also like to see those Democrats who run for office as Democrats actually own their party affiliation, too. Running as a Democrat and hoping people won’t find out the truth until they see an “R” or a “D” next to the names on their ballot strikes me as a bit dishonest. Avoiding discussion of the “why” behind their party affiliation is also dishonest. It’s a lie by omission. It leaves out important details about a candidate’s political compass, which way […]

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