When it’s all said and done, this year’s race for Idaho’s second Congressional District seat may be one of the most expensive in the district’s history.
Both Republican candidates — eight-term incumbent Mike Simpson and challenger Bryan Smith, of Idaho Falls — are running campaigns that have caught the attention of national groups such as the Club for Growth and American Conservative Union (Smith), and the Chamber of Commerce and National Rifle Association (Simpson). Those groups have contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns.
In late 2013 and early this year, both campaigns focused their publicity on endorsements they’d lined up. Recently, however, the race has turned much more negative, with both sides accusing the other of not being conservative enough. They’re spending money from those endorsements to make their points.
Tuesday, the Simpson campaign released its second ad of the season. The video spot draws attention to Smith’s career as an attorney, highlighting his work as a personal injury attorney, an aspect the Smith campaign has said little about.