U.S. Sen. Jim Risch took the unusual step of endorsing in a state Senate race today, choosing Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, over Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home.
No one ever accused Risch of having a short political memory. So consider this.
In August 2006, while a member of the House, Brackett supported then-Gov. Risch's legislation to dismantle the property tax for day-to-day K-12 spending, replacing most of the money with a 1-cent increase in the sales tax rate. Corder was among just four Senate Republicans to vote against Risch.
Here is the Brackett for Senate news release:
Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch announced his support of fellow rancher, businessman and Republican, Senator Bert Brackett showing the tremendous amount of support the Brackett for Senate Campaign is receiving from conservative leaders throughout the Gem State.
“Bert and Paula Brackett are leaders in so many ways. Bert’s commitment to building strong families, ensuring a better education and helping create jobs for Idaho make him the best candidate for the State Senate,” said U.S. Senator Jim Risch. Risch added, “Bert is committed to making Idaho a fiscally-responsible and business-friendly place to live and we can never have enough leaders like him serving."
Brackett said, “Paula and I are humbled by the amount of support the campaign has been receiving and are grateful for the support shown to us by Senator Jim Risch. He and Vicki led our state with distinction as Governor and First Lady and are making the same positive impact on our nation in the United States Senate. We are working hard to unite Republicans in Elmore, Twin Falls and Owyhee counties behind our shared goals of limited government, personal responsibility, respect for the Constitution, job growth through economic prosperity and lower taxes.”