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Romney calls Idaho Rep. Simpson ‘the conservative Republican we can trust’

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson on Monday said he has the support of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who got 65 percent of the vote in Idaho.

Simpson, seeking a ninth two-year term, faces tea party challenger Bryan Smith, an Idaho Falls lawyer. The race is getting considerable national attention as a test of the battle between establishment Republicans and insurgents.

A news release from Simpson follows:



Boise, ID – Congressman Mike Simpson today announced the support of Governor Mitt Romney.

“I’m truly honored to have Governor Romney’s endorsement,” said Congressman Simpson. “He is a tremendous example of leadership and integrity. I was proud to be an early backer of his campaign for president and his support means a great deal to me personally.”

“I’m proud to endorse Mike Simpson for Congress. Mike Simpson is the conservative Republican that we can trust to do what is right for our families and for our future,” said Governor Mitt Romney. “Mike is a proven conservative who’s fought to repeal Obamacare and control government spending.”

Congressman Simpson is a proud conservative who enjoys an A plus rating with the NRA, a 100 percent rating with National Right to Life, and annual recognition from the American Conservative Union. He has authored billions of dollars in cuts to the EPA, the delisting of wolves, and protections for Idaho’s farmers and ranchers. Simpson fought Obamacare by voting against it over 40 times, pushed a balanced budget amendment, and voted repeatedly to lower taxes on all Americans.

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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