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Idaho’s Simpson launches fact-checking site on Smith’s campaign claims

Eight-term Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson’s campaign is citing his voting record, positive ratings by conservative and business groups and fact-checking by Idaho newspapers in a new website aimed at tea party opponent Bryan Smith.

Simpson’s idahofactcheck.org is illustrated with a photo of President Ronald Reagan and a quote from the beloved Republican: “Facts are stubborn things.” Graphic displays pit “Smith Fiction” in bleeding red capital letters vs. “Idaho Fact.”

Simpson lists statements from the Smith campaign, among them that Simpson has an “across the board liberal record,” that he favored funding ACORN and that he opposed defunding the Affordable Care Act. Simpson also substantiates his statement that Smith’s is a personal-injury lawyer, which has become something of an epithet in one of the most closely watched GOP primaries in the country.

Simpson’s site relies on the Idaho Statesman, Twin Falls Times-News and Lewiston Tribune to counter Smith’s statements, with links to stories.

Said Simpson Campaign Manager Brody Aston said in a news release:

“The continual false attacks by personal injury lawyer Bryan Smith and his Washington special interest allies prove they’ll say anything to win. Now Idahoans can get the truth by visiting IdahoFactCheck.org to set the record straight.”

Replied Smith Manager Carrie Brown: “Congressman Mike Simpson is entitled to his opinions, but he isn’t entitled to his own facts when they do not agree with his voting record. The fact is that Simpson’s liberal voting record is clear and was sealed last week when he was the only member of the Idaho delegation to vote in favor of Harry Reid’s Obamacare funding bill.”

Simpson’s news release follows:

SIMPSON FOR CONGRESS RELEASES NEW FACT CHECK WEBSITE: “BRYAN SMITH FICTIONS vs. IDAHO FACTS”

Boise, ID – Simpson for Congress today released a new Idaho fact check website “Bryan Smith Fictions vs. Idaho Facts” setting the record straight against the false, negative attacks distorting Congressman Simpson’s conservative record.

“The continual false attacks by personal injury lawyer Bryan Smith and his Washington special interest allies prove they’ll say anything to win,” said Simpson Campaign Manager Brody Aston. “Now Idahoans can get the truth by visiting IdahoFactCheck.org to set the record straight.”

Aston continued: “Idahoans know Mike Simpson represents their values and has a proven, conservative record including fighting against Obamacare by voting against it more than 40 times, voting for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and earning an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and a 100% lifetime score from National Right to Life.”

To View “Bryan Smith Fictions vs. Idaho Facts,” Please visit www.IdahoFactCheck.org

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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