Second District Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is running attractive new ads on the Idaho Statesman website, reminding voters he removed Idaho wolves from the Endangered Species List, that he backs gun rights and opposes abortion rights.
But when the viewer clicks on the ads, as I did yesterday, they take you to information from Simpson's 2010 campaign.
I checked again today and the campaign website simpsonforcongress.com was still largely about 2010. The "Hot Issues" tab is updated, with information on wolves, guns, opposition to abortion rights, budget issues and more.
But biographical information, schedule, voting information, blog posts and news items all are from 2010. The most recent news release is from May 19, 2010, when former Vice President Cheney announced his support. The most recent blog post is from May 20, 2010. The events listed are for August through October 2010.
The 2010 information means Simpson is described as the "ranking member" on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment. Actually, Simpson has been chairman since the GOP gained control of the House in the 2010 election. The site says Simpson has served six terms, not seven.
Campaign Manager Zach Hauge told me during the noon hour that he was unaware of the glitch, but that it would be fixed this afternoon. "It looks like we need to update," he said.
(UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. The Simpson site has been updated and the outdated material removed).
Simpson has a May 15 primary rematch against tea party favorite Chick Heileson, who got 24 percent of the vote in the 2010 primary. Simpson won with 58 percent.
Heileson spent $127,000 in 2010; this year he has yet to file a report with the Federal Election Commission, which requires candidates to file after raising $5,000. Simpson has raised $715,000 to date in the two-year election cycle and has about $316,000 in cash.
Simpson on Tuesday released an impressive list of county coordinators, including prominent lawmakers and party faithful.
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