Today, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country today put its seal of approval on Idaho’s longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives — eight-term Republican incumbent Mike Simpson.
The National Rifle Association, the premiere gun-rights advocate in the United States, has already given Simpson an A+ rating. But today’s announcement is a big boost in the toughest primary challenge he’s faced since he was elected to the House in 1998. Bryan Smith, an Idaho Falls Republican, is running an aggressive campaign against Simpson, trying to paint the incumbent as a liberal Washington insider.
He didn’t back off Monday, either. A few hours after the NRA announcement in Idaho Falls, Smith’s campaign shot off an answer, attacking Simpson on the very topic that started off this week’s news on the campaign: guns.
Simpson counters that he’s the real conservative in the race.