Usually, candidates who don't get a Statesman editorial respond with a case for their campaign.
Ron Twilegar, the Democrat opposing 30-year Ada County prosecutor Greg Bower, followed his own path.
His rebuttal focuses instead on our endorsement of state Sen. Chuck Winder, the sponsor of a misguided bill that would have required a woman to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion. Winder, who said he carried the ultrasound bill at the behest of anti-abortion groups, told the editorial board that he doesn't plan to bring back the bill, which passed the Senate but was stopped in the House.
Here's an excerpt from Twilegar's guest opinion:
"I didn’t pen this guest opinion to criticize the legislative sponsor, Sen. Chuck Winder (who I know), or to discuss the merits of the ultrasound bill (which I oppose), nor to promote Winder’s opponent. I write to highlight attention to the hypocrisy of the Statesman. ....
"The Statesman holds an important and protected position in our community. Sometimes it is the only voice rising above the noise of extreme elements of the dominant party. Their opinion matters. When the Statesman editorializes on important issues and then promptly and without a compelling explanation adopts a contrary opinion, they not only confuse the public but also render a disservice to the community of readers they serve."