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Smith adds four more Idaho lawmakers to endorsement list, score 8-8

Second Congressional District candidate Bryan Smith now has eight GOP lawmakers in his corner in his bid to unseat eight-term Rep. Mike Simpson in the 2014 primary.

Smith, a lawyer from Idaho Falls, announced four new endorsements Wednesday, from Sens. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood and Steve Vick of Dalton of Dalton Gardens and Reps. Judy Boyle of Midvale and Paul Shepherd of Riggins.

Said Boyle in a campaign news release: “It is time for the citizens in Idaho’s second congressional district to have a true and principled conservative represent them in Congress.”

Smith’s earlier endorsements from lawmakers were Sen. Monty Pearce of New Plymouth and Reps. Lenore Barrett of Challis, Pete Nielsen of Mountain Home and Janet Trujillo of Idaho Falls.

Last week, Simpson released a fresh list of county chairs that included five sitting lawmakers, two former lawmakers and a former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.

Simpson also has eight GOP lawmakers on board: Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill Rexburg, House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis of Idaho Falls, Sen. John Tippets of Montpelier and Reps. Maxine Bell Jerome, Rich Wills of Glenns Ferry, Steve Miller of Fairfield and Clark Kauffman of Filer.

With the Simpson-Smith lawmaker endorsements knotted at 8-8, I’m beginning to wonder whether it’s worth taking a bit of a break from keeping score. I’m not establishing any kind of rule, but I may hold off until we get closer to the May 20 primary. If I overlook any updates, dear reader, you’ll know why.

Anticipating the comments from those who pay close attention, yes, I realize that all of Simpson’s endorsements come from lawmakers in the 2nd Congressional District and that five of Smith’s are in the 1st CD: Pearce, Nuxoll, Vick, Boyle and Shepherd.

Smith’s news release follows:

For Immediate Release – December 4, 2013

The Bryan Smith for Congress Campaign Releases Local Idaho Endorsements

Idaho Falls, ID – Today, the Bryan Smith for Congress campaign released a list of endorsements from local Idaho elected officials.

Rep. Judy Boyle, Idaho District 9-B State House Representative said, “It is time for the citizens in Idaho’s second congressional district to have a true and principled conservative represent them in Congress.”

Randall Patterson, Legislative District 26 Chair and Mayor of Carey said, “Bryan Smith is the right man to represent conservative principles for you and I in Congress.”

“As I travel across the district, I am so humbled by the support my campaign has received from Republican leaders, committee members, grassroots leaders and the great people of Idaho. I am honored to have the endorsements of these hard working Idaho officials. They share my beliefs that we need a true conservative fighting for us in Washington,” said Bryan Smith.

Endorsement List

Senator Sheryl Nuxoll
Idaho State Senate District 7

Senator Steven Vick
Idaho State Senate District 2

Rep. Judy Boyle
Idaho District 9-B State House Representative

Rep. Paul Shepherd
Idaho District 7-B State House Representative

Rosann Wiltse
Legislative District 16 Chair

Randall Patterson
Legislative District 26 Chair & Mayor of Carey

Please click here to view the list of previous local Idaho elected officials that have endorsed Bryan Smith.

Bryan Smith is a conservative Republican running for Idaho’s second congressional district. He is running against 16-year incumbent and big spending, career politician Mike Simpson. Bryan has been endorsed by the Club for Growth, the Madison Project, Citizens United, National Assoc. of Gun Rights and Freedomworks. Bryan and his wife live in Idaho Falls.

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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