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Bujak’s role in the race

malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

John Bujak, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, is making the effort to pull off the biggest political upset since Jesse “The Body” Ventura went from the wrestling ring to governor of Minnesota. But if he doesn’t win, he’d be fine if Democrat A.J. Balukoff did.

As Bujak sees it, four years of gridlock from a Democratic administration would be preferable to electing Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to a third term in office. Bujak says eight years is long enough; 12 years invites more corruption.

“I’ve voted for Otter in the past and there are times that I’ve thought he was doing a good job,” said Bujak, a former Canyon County prosecutor. “But after so many years, being in government for so long and now running for a third term, he’s simply out of touch. And he has turned a blind eye to the corruption going on in his administration.”

Bujak says the controversies surrounding broadband contracts and the botched operation of a private prison system are examples of “cronyism and corruption” that have been part of Otter’s administration.

Although Bujak prefers Balukoff over Otter, that’s hardly an endorsement for the Democratic candidate. Bujak offers himself as a “conservative alternative” to Otter and a choice for disgruntled Republicans who can’t stomach voting for a Democrat. He’s also trying to appeal to independents that are fed up with the two major parties.

Bujak looks to Ventura’s campaign in 1998 as a “how to” guide for a third-party candidate to win a governor’s race. Bujak doesn’t have the flamboyance of the former star of the wildly popular World Wrestling Entertainment. But he has some of “the Body’s” flare in the courtroom and on the political stump. Bujak lashes out at the both parties that “serve special interests and … a party platform that is bigger than the state of Idaho.”

Televised debates were the “game changer” for Ventura’s campaign in 1998 and Bujak thinks the same thing could happen in Idaho this year. “He had about 10 percent (support) before the debates and ended up winning,” Bujak said.

Although he’s running on the Libertarian ticket, he doesn’t go “too far” down that party line. You won’t hear him talking about extreme positions of libertarians, such as closing public schools and opening the door for gambling, prostitution and legalization of marijuana. His views on issues are a mirror image of Sen. Russ Fulcher, who received almost 44 percent of the vote in his unsuccessful run for governor. Bujak says “no” to Common Core, wolves, Obamacare in any form, federal control of public lands and Medicaid expansion. Bujak calls those more traditional Republican stands, with a libertarian twist.

“If you like Fulcher on the issues, then you’d like me. I would not be running if he had won,” Bujak said. The difference is in personality. “I don’t know if Russ is as much of a fighter as I am.” (more…)

On the front pages


Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig has been reappearing in public venues a little more lately, in an Idaho state Republican volunteer role, at the Snake River Basin Adjudication closing ceremonies in August, and elsewhere. But the headlines related to his Minneapolis arrests and event departure from national politics stubbornly refuse to go away completely. A clean break with that piece of his past will happen only once the headlines do, which means closing out the financial obligations courts have imposed.

Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Greenbelt advocate Onweiler honored (Boise Statesman)
Craig legal expense problems continue (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune)
Land board review Tamarack lease transfer (Boise Statesman)
DOE mossing cleanup deadline at INL (IF Post Register)
iPad state program dropped at Paul school (IF Post Register)
Report shows Lewiston area ports build jobs (Lewiston Tribune)
Senators blast on wilderness pictures (Lewiston Tribune)
Syringa case continues in court (Moscow News)
Court says Bujak violated Bar rules (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon food co-op seeks volunteer board
Fundamentalist LDS case ends in sentencing (Pocatello Journal)

Boise approves OSU-Bend 4-year site (Corvallis Gazette)
Lane County moving on pot tax (Eugene Register Guard)
Women discuss risks, survey at OU (Eugene Register Guard)
Wocus plant transplant seems to work (KF Herald & News)
Debate over plan for homeless at Railroad Park (Medford Tribune)
Experimental drone flights scheduled (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Hanford radioactive leak allowed to continue (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Wyden takes student questions at Pendleton (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Student loan defaults dinging some colleges (Portland Oregonian)
What happens to medical pot post-legalization? (Portland Oregonian)
PERS bills decline, but how much? (Salem Statesman Journal)

Pier at Harper starts its build (Bremerton Sun)
Partisan balance at issue in Kitsap county race (Bremerton Sun)
More questions over jail hanging case (Everett Herald)
PUD won't proceed with tidal project (Everett Herald)
More money in next year's Snohomish budget (Everett Herald)
Visit to national parks up to $25? (Port Angeles News)
Debate over zoning for pot activities (Port Angeles News)
Waste in Seattle Police overtime $1m (Seattle Times)
Reviewing Spokane prosecutor race (Spokane Spokesman)
Co-ops look at rail plan for West Plains (Spokane Spokesman)
State repayment of fed CRC money delayed (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima at odds with ACLU on voting options (Yakima Herald Republic)
Natural gas rates could rise 5.6% (Yakima Herald Republic)