Idaho comic offering cash prizes for anti-Tom Luna rhetoric

Boise comedian Pete Peterson, the former gubernatorial candidate who has twice failed to force a recall vote to remove Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna from office, just can’t seem to take “no” for an answer.

Although Luna will face re-election for a third term in 2014, Peterson has formed the 2013 Luna Recall Committee to make another go.

On Thursday, he’s planning a rally at the Capitol on the Jefferson Street sidewalk.  The rally has a new wrinkle: a $50 prize for the “funniest, most original sign,” and a $50 prize for the “funniest, most original slogan or song.”

Peterson said Thursday’s “party” will begin at 2:01 p.m. and end at 3:01 p.m. He said he’d invited other comics and plans to have music.  “We want it to be very fun. There’s so much acrimony and bitterness in politics these days that we want this to be a fun event with signs, flags, balloons, the whole nine yards.”

Peterson also suggested the odds of winning may be pretty decent: “We expect this to be a small gathering.”

Peterson finished fourth in 2010′s six-way GOP primary for governor, with 5.2 percent of the vote. Gov. Butch Otter won the race with 55 percent.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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