Kempthorne, key backer of Ward, endorses Labrador, calling him a "fine addition" to Idaho GOP team

Dirk Kempthorne, whose connections helped Vaughn Ward become the pick of the GOP establishment in the May GOP primary, has announced his support of the man who upset Ward, Raul Labrador.

With eight days to the general election, the Labrador campaign released a statement from Kempthorne, a former Boise mayor, U.S. senator, governor and U.S. Interior secretary under President George W. Bush. The day after the election, Kempthorne will start a seven-figure job leading the lobbying group for the life insurance industry, the American Council of Life Insurers.

Ward worked on Kempthorne's Senate staff for two years in Washington, D.C., and Kempthorne spoke on Ward's behalf at his campaign kickoff at the Statehouse in January, saying, "I saw greatness in that Marine."

Said Kempthorne in the statement issued Monday morning:

"The people of Idaho have been well-served by their Republican team of elected officials in the Congress and our State Capitol. Raul Labrador will be a fine addition to that successful team when he is elected as the next Representative from Idaho’s first Congressional district. Raul Labrador’s experience in the Idaho State Legislature proves he will effectively reflect the concerns and the values of Idaho citizens as he tackles the monumental problems facing the next Congress. I urge my fellow Idahoans to vote for Raul Labrador and the entire Idaho Republican team."

Said Labrador: “I am very grateful to Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for this endorsement. His long and valued service to the people of Idaho and America is a great example for all men and women in public life. Secretary Kempthorne was esteemed by his colleagues and always represented Idahoans respectfully and with strength. I hope to serve the people of Idaho in the same manner.”

Labrador faces freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.

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Well Raul,

if you serve the people of Idaho in the same manner that Kempthorne did, I guess the taxpayers will be on the hook for another $236,000 dollar crapper makeover caper.

There is a HUGE misprint in Dirky's statement.

What he really meant to say was:

"The INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHER CORPORATIONS have been well-served by their Republican team of elected officials in the Congress and our State Capitol. Raul Labrador will be a fine addition to that successful team when he is elected as the next Representative from Idaho’s first Congressional district."

Other than throwing some bones to the talibangelicals, I'm not sure who else the Repubs serve.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Kempthorne

Kempthorne in his entire adult life has either been a government official or a lobbyist. Isn't he the type of hack that Raul and the Tea Baggers are suppose to despise?

Let's not vote for the Rs

Interesting that Kempthorne backed Ward in the Primary, but now backs Raul. What an about-face. Must be that R after Raul's name. I wouldn't support anyone who is backed by Kempthorne. I visited DC, but wasn't allowed to visit that fancy-schmancy potty that my tax dollars paid for. What an insult king dirk is to Idaho. I'm not in Minnock's district, but I'd vote for him if I were.

So much for the tolerant liberals

Love to see you angry liberals sweat. Tea Baggers...talibangelicals...LOL

What happened to all that well reasoned progressive nonesense.

Minnick's 20 point lead has disappeared and you see defeat. It's OK get used to it. You're going to get SLAUGHTERED next week, both nationally and at the state level.

Have your mommys remove all sharp objects and perhaps a call to the suicide hotline might be in order?

HARDLY, SON.

If politics were really a game my sister would've gotten angry about losing and tossed the board by now.

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Slaughtered?

That's what GOP rule for decades has done to Idaho and its working class. Why you take glee in such polarization and division says a lot. It's your way or the hiway. That's why our country is at gridlock. Yet you ignore the plight of the working class.