The Republican National Committee is paying for two staffers to help state Rep. Raul Labrador unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
Jonathan Parker, executive director of the Idaho GOP, said Wednesday that most of the salaries will be borne by the RNC and most of their effort will be focused on the 1st District race.
"Idaho traditionally has not received funding from the RNC to fund our general elections," Parker said. But when he learned that other states receive such assistance, he said he made the case that Minnick's winning the seat in 2008 justified RNC help.
"We're not taking it for granted that we're going to easily unseat Walt Minnick and bring some balance to Congress," Parker said.
Lindsay Hemmer will be based in Boise; her title is 2010 victory director. She comes from Arizona where she ran In-House Communications, a consulting and marketing firm and worked with the Arizona GOP. About 85 percent of her salary will be covered by the RNC, with the balance paid by the state GOP, Parker said.
Jeff Ward of Post Falls will be north Idaho field field director. Ward is president of Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and a veteran of the 1994 campaign of Republican George Nethercutt, who defeated House Speaker Tom Foley in Eastern Washington and was part of the GOP takeover of the House. His entire salary will be paid by the RNC, Parker said.
Both start June 8.