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February 13, 2016

Mitt Romney Endorses in House GOP Primary in Idaho

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, for re-election in the 2nd District on Monday, touting the congressman as a “true conservative” in a fundraising email.

Simpson, an eight-term Republican, is facing a primary challenge from tea-party-backed attorney Bryan Smith, who is receiving support from groups such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks.

The primary will feature one of the marquee battles between the tea party and business in the fight for control of the GOP in the midterm cycle.

“Congressman Mike Simpson is a proven conservative and ‘Idaho tough,'” Romney wrote in the fundraising email. “But some groups from outside Idaho have decided to attack Mike and distort his conservative record. He needs our help to fight back and set the record straight.”

Romney pointed to Simpson’s 40 votes to repeal Obamacare, his co-sponsorship of the balanced budget amendment and Simpson’s A+ record with the National Rifle Association as proof of his conservative chops.

Romney carried Idaho’s 2nd District with 64 percent in 2012. Todd Cranney, Romney’s national political director for the 2012 campaign, is working on Simpson’s re-election campaign.

“I’m truly honored to have Governor Romney’s endorsement,” Simpson said in a release. “He is a tremendous example of leadership and integrity. I was proud to be an early backer of his campaign for president and his support means a great deal to me personally.”

Idaho’s 2nd District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • ajr86

    Simpson is ‘severely conservative’ like Mitt claims he was. This is really one RINO endorsing another RINO. Vote Bryan Smith!

  • Layla

    If the Club for Growth are endorsing Bryan Smith, you don’t want him, either.

  • RSemmes

    A squishy loser endorses another squishy loser.

    Romney blew the presidential election. If his campaign had just had the competence to do the proper opposition research on Obamacare, they would have found the official Obama administration comments in the 2010 Federal Register that estimated that 93 million Americans would lose their health plans under Obamacare. Tossing that bombshell in a presidential debate would have blown up the Obama campaign beyond any possibility of repair.

    I would always go the opposite direction of what this incompetent loser Romney suggests.

  • ivan

    Wonder if this guy Romney likes also keeps money offshore?

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