Tea Party Boise, which is working hard to elect Republican nominee Raul Labrador in the 1st Congressional District, is saying nice things about independent Brian Schad's challenge to six-term 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson.
But rather than providing an endorsement, Tea Party Boise has issued Schad a "Letter of Recommendation."
The group's spokesman, Russ Smerz, said in an e-mail, "While Mr. Schad may lack some of the 'polish' many politicians have, we find him to be sincere and refreshing as well as a legitimate candidate to represent people in Idaho."
Schad, 45, of Idaho Falls, is running a more active campaign than the Democratic nominee, Mike Crawford, 52, of Mountain Home. Simpson, 60, skipped the traditional Idaho Public TV debate and has a huge advantage in fundraising, with $726,000 raised and $167,000 on hand as of Sept. 30.
Schad has a campaign Facebook page, but has not raised the $5,000 necessary to file with the Federal Election Commission. Crawford has no website and also hasn't met the $5,000 threshold.
Tea Party Boise endorsed Labrador over Vaughn Ward in the May 25 GOP primary and is hosting public forums to help him unseat
freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
The group's letter regarding Schad follows:
Please be advised that Brian Schad has distinguished himself with Tea Party Boise and the Citizens of Idaho during his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 2. Without going into detail of his personal commitment to our country while serving as a United States Navy SEAL nor his professional background as a small businessman we would like to commend him on the following:
1. Written participation in the Tea Party Boise report card in response to pointed/conservative questions in a timely and accurate manner. With few exceptions Brian was in direct agreement with our principles and the values of our membership. (this is posted on our web site at www.teapartyboise.com)
2. Personal participation in the U.S. Congressional Forum conducted on May 1, 2010. Once again he made the personal commitment to attend (neither incumbent chose to participate) While Brian, by his own admission, states he is not “a public speaker” did an outstanding job in answering both prepared and audience questions in an unflappable manner. There were no right or wrong answers to the questions --- simply put we wanted to elicit replies to basic questions which are meaningful to our citizens.
3. He has been unselfish in both his personal time and expenses in supporting civic events such as Constitution Day, Constitution Ride Across America or any other event to further patriotism in our State. This is often done with little or no recognition to his campaign or efforts.
While we as Tea Party Boise have not “formally” endorsed Brian Schad because our Board of Directors has not discussed this in session, we feel confident he would represent the citizens of District 2 in a professional and up-standing manner.
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