Candidate rebuttal: Marmon says Rice was 'ill-prepared' for Senate

We will publish rebuttals to Statesman editorial endorsements in the next few days. But in the interest of getting the endorsements out as quickly as possible, I'll also post them here.

The first one to come in is from Kent Marmon, a Caldwell Republican running for state Senate in District 10. Last week, the Statesman endorsed incumbent Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell.

Here is the Marmon rebuttal:

You have stated that you didn't like Jim Rice's vote on the, as you called it, "misguided bill" that would have required women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion. I would have voted "no" on that bill, and came out publicly at the time in my Facebook posts regarding the bill. The full text of my argument against the bill can be found on my website at Contained in that article (near the end of the post) are some comments made by a Boise attorney regarding my position.

You can view my positions on many of the issues facing Idaho on my website — something that Jim Rice doesn't even have. He doesn't have any campaign cards or fliers, either, so it is very hard to find out what he stands for or against. The only real evidence that he is running are yard signs scattered around Caldwell, and your endorsement of his candidacy.

I am not a “gadfly.” Yes, I ran as a Libertarian for the U.S. Senate in 2008. After having begun my campaign in the primary as a Republican, the state Republican Party backed Jim Risch, rather than leaving the decision to the people and our primary election process. The party’s “anointing” of Risch was extremely unfair to all of the other candidates. The Libertarian Party offered me the opportunity to run as their candidate, and I accepted their offer. I have been actively involved in Republican campaigns and party politics for over 30 years.

During the interview process to select John McGee's replacement, I showed that I was prepared to begin work the next day if I were to receive the appointment. I had carefully read and studied all of the bills on the Senate agenda, as well as those that were in third reading in the House. On the other hand, Jim Rice told host Jess Smith on "Northwest Live" (a production of KSRV Radio in Ontario, Ore.) on April 28, that he had to scramble as a newly appointed senator to find the bills so they could be hastily read before he had to vote on them. Voters of District 10 should not feel good about your endorsement of a candidate so ill-prepared to serve them in the Idaho State Senate.

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Jim Rice's misguided vote on "misguided bill"

Senator Rice should have been reminded that when taking the oath of office he placed his hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constititions of the United States and the State of Idaho. He did not place his hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible or "Horton Hears a Who."

I would wager that Mr. Marmon knows the difference.

Rice, just another solider in the War on Women

The last thing we need is another candidate who beleives that he has a place in the room when a women and her doctor are making painful decisions on medical care. Let's elect candidates who can focus on public issues-jobs, the economy and the roads- and who know what is and what is not their business. Kent Marmon has it right. It's too bad that the Republicans don't have more canidates with his insight, knowledge and understanding.