Farris says Idaho Rep. Labrador on 'crazy ego trip' that must end

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."

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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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Hey, Jimmy!

If they hadn't "re-districted" me, I'd be voting for you!

Farris will fail

Jimmy Farris will self-destruct. Guaranteed. Not very smart and a frustrated Demo to boot. Save your breath, Jimmy, before you make a complete fool of yourself.

Will NOT!

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You fry wants with that?

Cage match!

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Serve Idahoans and not special interests...Fight the good fight.

Abramoff: "Fire up the jet baby, we're going to El Paso!!" Mike Scanlon: "I want all their MONEY!!!"

Email interchange between Jack Abramoff and Mike Scanlon, February 6, 2002

Were those guys Limbaugh's call screeners?

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Rah, Rah, sis boom bah!

Life is one big gridiron. Nationally the democrats and republicans are about the same slimy bunch, both taking our hard earned money and using it as their own. If we do not keep sending Labrador types to DC we are done. I will vote for the Labrador types. Jimmy you go block a punt.

You call that an ego trip?

You call that an ego trip?

"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."

Nice editorial slant.

It seemed like he was saying that he can't believe all that has happened.

If he had said "I am so great because I caused all this to happen" then yes, that would have been a bit more self aggrandizing.

Jimmy Farris sounds like a "me too" politician. No concrete suggestions on his policy page for what to due about the debt, other than "I'll be bi-partisan!" which last I checked, placating words do not remove zeros from our national debt.

I understand that a challenger like Jimmy Farris has to try to distinguish himself from the incu-mbent[1], but may be he forgot that it was his party that has been constantly pushing for debt limit increases lately, more debt financed spending strategies, and not a single cut to the national budget that hit the 1 Trillion (with a T) level. Even if considered over a decade. His party also has been pushing for nearly unlimited powers for the executive branch for warrantless wire taps, indefinite detention with out due process, and expanded authority for the DHS/TSA.

So what does Jimmy Farris think he can do that is better than the incu-mbent[1] against President Obama and the DNC's goals? How much faster would he crumble to party pressure from inside the DNC than from outside?

[1] annoying dash inside word brought to you by the idiotic word filter the Statesman uses that prohibits the three letters "c u m" from appearing anywhere in a word in that order. Same goes for "a s s" which is also not supposed to appear anywhere in a word.

Labrador still sucks.

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

oh. well. start an initiative

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You fry wants with that?

Cut taxes, it'll raise revenue. Cut all spending, it'll help

everyone. Stop trying to regulate the corporate folks. They only have our best interests at heart. They take care of their employees and would never take advantage of the loopholes we provide them or funnel pensions and salaries up to the executives. Let the insurance companies and hospitals work out the health care issues, we don't need to be trying to make it affordable and accessible. The rich 1% will use their reduced taxes to buy american goods and make sure that the rest of us get rich, too. They'll build our roads and bridges and schools out of the kindness of their hearts. Labrador only wants what's best for us. Protecting the wealthy from those money grubbing IRS goons is an important responsibility that he takes very seriously. He'd never steer America into ruin any more than he would sell free government papers to uneducated illegal immigrants...

Mother, what have they done to you?

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