The Idaho Statesman, in its endorsement of Mike Simpson, stated that it
was time to stop judging candidates based on how many earmarks they can bring
home. It proceeds to make their decision based largely on those grounds.
It's true that Simpson is out of step with Idaho conservatives, who value personal
privacy and constitutional protections that Mike Simpson voted to
violate through his support for the Patriot Act and warrantless
wiretapping. It's true that he's voted against almost every renewable energy
bill, despite the fact that they would have brought jobs to Idaho. And it is true that Congressman
Simpson has passed only one sponsored bill in his decade on Capitol Hill. But
he is good at one thing: getting earmarks for Idaho. He sits on the House Appropriations
What the Statesman doesn't seem to understand is that, as a member of the majority party, I'll be in a position to get better results for Idaho. Democrats from conservative districts, in Idaho and elsewhere, are able to get funding for essential projects in their states. We've put all our eggs in the Republican basket, which is why we are one of the least influential states in Congress today. I can change that.
I'll write legislation that is good for Idaho, and I'll actually be able to get it passed. Mike Simpson has passed only one piece of legislation in ten years. His CIEDRA bill, touted as the highlight of his career, has been in the works for more than nine years, and he's never been able to get it onto the floor of the House. Why? Because he couldn't effectively compromise in Congress, either with a Republican or a Democratic majority. He isn't the advocate Idaho needs.
I'm not a "token" candidate, I'm a citizen candidate. I've traveled the entire district, from Boise to Salmon to Driggs and everywhere in between; there's over 10,000 miles on my 1999 Ford Mercury from meeting voters. And if I'm elected, I'll work to make healthcare affordable for every American. I'll work to create intelligent oversight programs, so we never need another bailout again. And I'll push for real reform of the failed No Child Left Behind program, not just throw money at the problem. I can fund Idaho's infrastructure from Congress as well as Simpson, and I'll also push for necessary reform that he hasn't in his decade in Congress.
Debbie Holmes, Candidate for Congress, District 2, Idaho
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