GOP Hopeful Looks to Take Simpson’s Seat in Congress

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Updated: 6/27/2013 3:16 pm

It’s fireworks season but it’s not often we get political fireworks in June. A Republican challenger has entered the race for Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District and he believes he can take Congressman Simpson’s seat in Washington.

The Republican Primary is still 11 months away but the campaign started Thursday for Bryan Smith with a whirlwind tour of the Gem State.

“We’ve had a great day,” said Smith. “We started off with a press conference in Boise and then we went to Twin Falls and now we are in Pocatello with a great group of people.”

At each stop, Smith told the audience how he plans to change things in Washington.

“I haven’t been in Washington as part of the problem for the last 30 years,” said Smith. “I tell people if you want a different result, you’ve got to do something differently. If you want a continued political result, then you need to vote for politicians. If you want to go in a new direction, the voters can vote for me.”

As for his opponent, Smith plans to use Congressman Simpson’s tax record against him.

“Congressman Simpson signed a tax pledge in 1998 that he wouldn’t raise people’s taxes,” continued Smith. “He’s gone on record saying that he would break that. He has broken it repeatedly. He said it’s because he didn’t think it was a marriage agreement that would last forever. I on the other hand made a promise to the voters of the district that I will not raise their taxes.”  

The Republican Primary is scheduled for next May.

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