Since he began his campaign to represent Idaho’s second congressional district, Bryan Smith has accused eight-term incumbent Mike Simpson of being a liberal and Idaho’s “odd man out” – a reference to recent Simpson votes that didn’t align with the rest of the state’s congressional delegation.
Smith, a hard-right Republican attorney from Idaho Falls, today took issue with the Republican Main Street Partnership’s support of Simpson. Citing a report by the online news magazine National Journal that labor unions are a major source of the Main Street Partnership’s money, Smith’s campaign renewed its attack on Simpson’s right flank.
“This is yet another sign of how out of touch Mike Simpson is with Idaho’s conservative values and principles,” campaign manager Carrie Brown wrote in a press release. “The people of Idaho do not support the values held by these outside liberal labor unions. It is clear Simpson represents Washington D.C. more than the conservative people of Idaho’s second congressional district.”
Simpson’s campaign leaders have repeatedly stressed that he is, indeed, conservative. They point to ratings by the American Conservative Union, which gave Simpson a conservative thumbs-up for scoring above 80 percent — higher than Libertarian icon Ron Paul, R-Texas.