In the interest of fairness, I'm posting a link to Brandi Swindell's website, where she (or someone) rails against Dan Popkey's column and what the BS campaign perceives to be its focus on Swindell's good looks.
She has a point that Popkey's comments verged on sexism. But Swindell ignores what I believe was by far the main thesis of Popkey's column: that the Idaho GOP is using her campaign to insert partisan politics and religion into what ought to be a nuts-and-bolts city council race. And I also believe Popkey is genuinely concerned - as are most Boiseans - that the city council ought not be made Swindell's bully pulpit for fundamentalist thought. (Look at her reasons for running and see if a few of them don't give you pause.)
To bring the gender card back into this, I've said before that I think it's very cool that a young woman is running for office. But she happens to be a young woman who has made a national reputation in lobbying for a religious viewpoint representing perhaps only a fourth of the American population, at most - hardly the "shared community values" she mentions on her website. Swindell portrays herself as a feminist when it serves her purposes, but she works hard, very hard indeed, to deny Americans freedom of (or from) religion, not to mention a woman's basic human right to conscientiously, prayerfully, and privately decide what's best for her body, her family, and her life.