First District Democratic candidate Jimmy Farris seized on my column in today's Idaho Statesman about a new book describing the role Republican Rep. Raul Labrador plays as a leader of the House freshman class that has made life difficult for House Speaker John Boehner.
Offered the opportunity to comment, Labrador Campaign Manager China Gum said, "We have no comment at this time."
The news release from Farris follows:
Farris says Labrador's crazy ego trip must end
Boise - The Idaho Statesman today reported on First District Congressman Raul Labrador's self-assessment of his first months in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Labrador is directly quoted by the Idaho Statesman as saying: “I sometimes think, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ In the last year and a half I’ve been in the middle of every major debate that has happened back in Washington. And sometimes I sit there and I think, ‘OK, is this real? Am I just dreaming this?’ Because it’s been pretty amazing. It’s been quite a ride.”
Labrador's opponent, First Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris reacted to Labrador's ego-infused statement:
"Congressman Labrador has been playing recklessly with the fiscal health of the United States. Through his actions our nation's credit rating has been downgraded putting our nation's fiscal house in peril. While Congressman was on his ego trip in Washington, D.C. he took Idahoans for a ride to a lower credit rating, more federal debt and higher deficits. I will agree with Congressman Labrador on one thing - this is crazy."
"What's really crazy is that Congressman Labrador turned over his vote to super lobbyist Grover Norquist. He abandoned the 700,000 Idahoans of the 1st District and pledged his allegiance to one out-of-state high powered lobbyist. He broke his word to Idahoans that he would work for all the people. Grover Norquist is a business partner of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff."
"Congressman Labrador basks in the national spotlight while Idahoans face greater uncertainty with growing deficits and out of control federal budgets. Congressman Labrador's blind allegiance to Grover Norquist has already cost our country the first downgrade in our nation's history. That's for real. It's time for Congressman Labrador to get his head out of the clouds and his hand out of Grover Norquist's pocket," Farris said. "The financial mess of the United States has only gotten worse under Congressman Labrador."
Jimmy Farris is an Idaho native from Lewiston who attended the University of Montana where he earned a degree in Marketing and Management while having a standout football career with the Grizzlies. In spite of going undrafted by the NFL, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2001, and remained with the NFL until retirement in 2009. Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs described Farris as “A little ol' guy who fights his guts out.” Jimmy then moved in to sports broadcasting, started the Jimmy Farris Future Leaders Foundation, then decided to return to Idaho and run for Congress because he believes his home state needs leaders who serve Idahoans and not special interests.
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