If there’s been a single theme in Bryan Smith’s campaign to replace eight-term incumbent Mike Simpson as Idaho’s second-district representative in Congress, it’s been to call Simpson a liberal, or at least, too liberal for Idaho.
Today, with barely a month left before Idaho’s May 20 Republican primary, Smith’s campaign took another shot at Simpson’s right flank. This time, labor unions and their ties to the Republican Main Street Partnership, which is supporting GOP incumbents in primaries, were the fodder. Labor unions traditionally support Democrats, who have traditionally favored more labor-friendly legislation than Republicans, who tend to back employers.
Here’s the full text of Smith’s release:
PAC Backing Simpson Funded By Liberal Labor Unions
Idaho Falls – The Republican Main Street Partnership PAC, one of the most out-spoken groups in support of Congressman Mike Simpson’s re-election bid, are heavily funded by liberal labor unions, according to recent news reports.
The Republican Main Street Partnership PAC has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from major labor unions such as Laborers’ Political League Education Fund, International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union Of North America PAC.
A December National Journal article pointed out that, “Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.”
“This is yet another sign of how out of touch Mike Simpson is with Idaho’s conservative values and principles. The people of Idaho do not support the values held by these outside liberal labor unions. It is clear Simpson represents Washington DC more than the conservative people of Idaho’s second congressional district,” said campaign manger, Carrie Brown.