Fighting GOP establishment, Ron Paul backers seek support from Idaho lawmakers

Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor is leading the effort to line up endorsements from GOP legislators in advance of Idaho's first-ever Republican presidential
caucus on March 6.

So far, four lawmakers are in the Paul camp: Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens.

That quartet is featured in a
four-page e-flier from Rasor dated Monday, along with Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams. Many Paul supporters hold precinct committee posts that give him substantial influence on the Idaho Republican Central Committee.

Still, most of Idaho's Republican establishment is supporting former Gov. Mitt Romney, including: Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna, State Controller Donna Jones, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, Assistant House Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, and House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly.

But Rasor is urging legislators "to take a closer look at Ron Paul and why he is the only choice that makes sense."

Among Paul's attributes cited by Rasor:

# He has the "most conservative voting record of any member of Congress since 1937."

# "He has received more military donations than ALL other presidential candidates COMBINED!"

# As a physician, Dr. Paul "routinely lowered fees or worked for free and refused to accept Medicaid or Medicare payments. He continued to deliver babies on Mondays and Saturdays" while in Congress.

# In 24 years in Congress, Paul has never voted to raised taxes, for an unbalanced budget, to restrict gun ownership, raise congressional pay, increase presidential power, to regulate the Internet, or for the Iraq War.

Paul also proposed cutting presidential pay from $400,000 a year to $39,336, to mirror the "median personal income of the American worker."

"He is certainly the only candidate that will offer substantial government reform," writes Rasor.

You can follow Idaho Statesman Politics on Twitter.

Im voting for Ron Paul and

dont really care what status quo thinks....

We all know that the USA is going down the wrong track....we need new and real conservative leadership....

Conservative Repusb
Conservative Dems
Conservative Indy

Lets send the Libs to Europe, the product of their own ideals....

Oh you mean the Europeans

who provide health care for all their citizens, who have essentially been at peace since WWII, that provides affordable education, has higher standards of living and more time off for workers, better retirement benefits and less crime that we? That Europe?

TimTeether....

You mean the peaceful NATO from Europe....the same Europe that now is about to collapse financially and needs the USA to bail-out again....you talking that europe?

Last I checked, there are more Europeans heading to the USA, than US folks heading to their....How is Greece coming along? about like California?

CNSRVTV!

Spelled without liberal vowels. Vote your amygdolae!

Crackpots & Racists

The more one studies the philosophies of Ron Paul and his loyal followers, to more disturbing they become. "You are known by the company you keep" is a wise adage, and Ron Paul's association with White Supremacists, States Rightists, and other radicals makes him a very dangerous choice for America. Fortunately, his base is very noisy but very small.

Really?

We haven't really leaned towards Ron Paul thus far, but, after hearing your opinion, that may change! There may be hope yet!

I quit reading when I got to

I quit reading when I got to Phil Hart. Need I say more?

And McKague too. Her motto is 'I don't know what it is, but

whatever it is I'm agin it'. (She easily channels Grumpy from the 7 dwarves)

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

Idaho politicians on Romney steering committee!

Check it out yourself: http://www.mittromney.com/press/2011/06/mitt-romney-announces-idaho-statewide-steering-committee
Remember that Romney had Obamacare before Obama had it.

Members of Mitt Romney’s Statewide Steering Committee:

U.S. Representative Mike Simpson
Lieutenant Governor Brad Little
Secretary of State Ben Ysursa
Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna
State Controller Donna Jones
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
Senate Pro Tempore Brent Hill
Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney
Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder
House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke
House Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts

Give up and order pizza, ye swabbies!

----------

Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.

here's an idea

The Libertarian Party.

For those supporters and most tea partiers, BE BRAVE- leave the Republican Party and join the Libertarian Party.

Then you break out in a pimply rash...

----------

Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.