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Idaho CD2: Simpson ad challenges Smith’s business dealings


In his bid to unseat eight-term incumbent Mike Simpson, Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith’s campaign has criticized Simpson’s appetite for federal earmark spending and his voting record on guns despite the incumbent’s A+ rating and endorsement from the NRA. Smith has also called Simpson a liberal and declared at least one of the incumbent’s ads “false.”

By contrast, Simpson attacks on Smith have focused on one aspect of the challenger’s past: his business. Tuesday, Simpson’s campaign kept beating that drum with the release of an ad critical of Smith’s debt collection companies, Medical Recovery Services and Diversified Equity Systems.

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Below is the text of a news release from Simpson’s campaign announcing the ad.

Boise, ID - Today, Congressman Mike Simpson’s campaign announced the release of its new ad, “Collection,” which begins running in the Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Boise media markets. The ad shares personal injury lawyer Bryan Smith’s debt collection business record.

“The fact is Bryan Smith is a personal injury lawyer and debt collector. Smith’s debt collection businesses have enriched him as he’s filed over 10,000 lawsuits against Idaho veterans, the disabled and Idaho working families struggling to make ends meet,” said Simpson Advisor Sarah Nelson. “Bryan Smith calls himself a small businessman and the voters of Idaho have a right to know the truth about his business record.”

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