Typo prompts critique of Idaho Lt. Gov. Little, brings winning retort

Former Boise School District Trustee Bev Harad posted to Facebook on Thursday a copy of an invitation to a Sept. 17 fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Brad Little that dropped the apostrophe and an ‘e,’ saying, “Your Invited.”

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Harad, who was on the school board for 18 years, commented, “THIS IS WHY WE NEED BETTER SCHOOLS IN IDAHO!” prompting 27 likes and 17 comments as of noon Friday. Boise Weekly’s Andrew Crisp joined in the fun @andrewcrisp on Twitter, quipping, “My invited” what?! I’m on pins and needles!”

I emailed Little asking if he cared to comment and swiftly received an artful reply from GOP fundraiser extraordinaire Al Henderson, Little’s finance director and a graduate of Boise High School.

Wrote Henderson: “The campaign has over 20 events planned for the month of September and these things happen from time to time as you can see from the ‘byline’ on the attached photo.”

Henderson attached a screenshot of a 2012 story from the Statesman, written by me, but attributed to Dan Fink, the rabbi who writes religion columns for us.



Touche, Al! (What else have you got squirreled away to embarrass me? Don’t answer that!)

Henderson also fielded my questions about who is sponsoring the event at the home of Wendy and Fred Shoemaker. The suggested donation is $100.

Sponsors are Karen and Mark Warner, Nancy and Bill Hines, Dina and Tom Jewell, Jennifer and Pat McEntee, Janie and Dick Greener, Vicki and Phil Oberrecht, Miren and Roy Eiguren, Cathy and Craig Olson, Joy and Tom Kealey, Tara Marten Miller and Jeff Miller, GSA Direct and the Shoemakers.

For more information, call the campaign at 344-8683.


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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