Kendra Waitley, finance director for Idaho 2nd District GOP Congressman Mike Simpson’s re-election bid, has left the campaign.
“Kendra is no longer with the campaign as of the beginning of November,” Campaign Manager Brody Aston said Wednesday. “She has several other clients and we mutually agreed that the time demands of the campaign were too great given her base of other clients. She did a very good job for the campaign and we are appreciative of all that she did to assist us. At this time, we have not hired anyone to replace her but may do so in the future.”
Simpson raised a personal record $437,000 in the third quarter of 2013, while challenger Bryan Smith raised an impressive figure for a challenger, $275,000. Simpson has estimated the race will cost his campaign $2 million. Simpson spent $1.2 million in winning his eighth two-year term in 2012.
The May 2014 Smith-Simpson Republican primary is considered one of the top races in the nation pitting tea party challengers against mainstream incumbents. It has already drawn heavy interest from independent groups supporting Smith and other right-wing candidates and business-friendly groups backing Simpson.
Waitley owns K1 Event Planning and Fundraising and is manager of the City Club of Boise. She also has worked as a campaign aide to Gov. Butch Otter and on the official staff of former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.