Idaho Falls lawyer announces challenge to Rep. Simpson

Bryan Smith said at stops in Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls that his effort to oust 8-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson in the 2014 GOP primary is a bid to preserve the American Dream.

Said Smith in his prepared remarks: “Our five children are the reason why I stand here today. I’ve had a chance to live the American dream. And I worry that all of our children won’t have that same opportunity. Times are tough for many Idahoans, and Congressman Simpson doesn’t have the solutions. It’s been thirty years of failed policies that have brought us to this point.”

Simpson had about $72,000 in cash at the end of March in his campaign. In 2012, Simpson spent $1.2 million to defeat Republican challenger Chick Heileson in the GOP primary and Democrat Nicole LeFavour in the general, with 70 percent and 65 percent of the vote, respectively.

Since defeating former Democratic Rep. Richard Stallings in Stallings’ 1998 comeback bid with 53 percent, Simpson has never fallen below 62 percent in the general.

But the influential anti-tax group Club for Growth has made Simpson a target, calling him a “Republican in Name Only.” That could give Smith a huge financial boost with independent expenditures on TV, radio and direct mail, the key factor in Bill Sali’s winning an open Idaho seat in 2006.

Smith filed his Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission June 4 and has yet to file a finance report.

Read Smith’s full prepared statement here.

His news release follows:

 

Bryan Smith announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Idaho’s second congressional district

 June 27, 2013 – For Immediate Release

Contact: Mike Adams – 208-206-1225 

Idaho Falls, ID  – Today Bryan Smith, an attorney from Idaho Falls, formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Idaho’s second congressional district.

On his announcement tour, Smith made stops in Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls, calling for a return to the values that promote limited-government, economic freedom and personal liberty.

“Our five children are the reason why I stand here today. I’ve had a chance to live the American dream. And I worry that all of our children won’t have that same opportunity. Times are tough for many Idahoans, and Congressman Simpson doesn’t have the solutions. It’s been thirty years of failed policies that have brought us to this point,” said Bryan Smith.

“We can get this economy going again but that means cutting spending in a real way, fixing our broken tax system, and reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses.”

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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