Letters From the West

House candidate Smith says he would have voted against reopening government

The Idaho Falls lawyer who is challenging Rep. Mike Simpson for Congress siad he would have voted against a compromise that reopened the federal government and averted a default.

“Our nation’s debt problem is serious, and last night, Congressman Simpson voted to kick the can down the road instead of fighting for cuts in spending and making any major changes to Obamacare.,” said Bryan Smith, who has raised more than $300,000 from organizations like the Club for Growth and Freedom Works. “Idaho needs a congressman that will stand up and be courageous for them in Washington.”

Meanwhile, the tone of the calls into Simpson’s office changed this morning. If you remember they were running about 50-50 on the shutdown and de-funding Obamacare earlier this week.

Today the calls were running 80 percent to 20 percent.

“They were thanking him for standing up for America and standing up for jobs,” said Nikki Watts, Simpson’s press secretary.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

Posted in Letters from the West