September 9th, 2009 14:53 EST
The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shall Not Criticize another Republican
When I first learned of this commandment, I was speaking at a republican banquet as a candidate. Jim Risch made the statement and aimed it specifically at me, because I had criticized him in the past. Because they only gave me two minutes to speak, I was unable to point out that the ninth commandment requires a person to be honest, and it came from GOD, not the GOP.
There is no question the country club republicans in Idaho do not like me. They take criticism like a hive of bees takes a good shaking. And they really don`t take it well when it is the truth; makes them look bad. Unfortunately for them, I am an unabashed conservative, immune to bee stings. Not only will I continue to shake their hive if they don`t start following the conservative GOP platform, I intend to knock it out the tree.
Their over-the-top condemnation of my polite response to an innocent joke goes far beyond the meaning of hypocrisy. Anybody with a brain could see their intent. If a lesser threat to their power had made the same comment, they would not have said a word.
Dan Popkey in an Idaho Statesman article said Rammell says Otter out to "destroy` him. " Dan, that is not what I said. I said they " " Otter, Risch, Simpson, Crapo, and Batt " are out to destroy " me. And that shouldn`t be too hard to believe? After all, am I not threatening their kingdom? I told Popkey and others at a press conference, my attorney John Runft had received a confidential phone call the morning before I announced, threatening me if I went ahead with my decision to run for governor. Popkey immediately called Runft and asked him if he had received a physical " threat to destroy Rammell. If there was any threat like that I`d report it to the police, " Runft said. I mean, come on. This is absurd. "
In classic Popkey style, he claimed But the gubernatorial candidate`s own lawyer calls the claim absurd. " Nice reporting Dan. John Runft released the following statement refuting Popkey, The point here is that I was referring to the hypothetical of a physical threat that was raised in my conversation with Mr. Popkey as being absurd " " not to anything that Dr. Rammell or I actually said.
Honesty seems to be a standard too high for the country club republicans and Mr. Popkey. But Rex Rammell will continue to tell the truth, no matter how many bees he upsets.
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