Idaho politics: Farris blasts Labrador's non-comment on Bachmann

Democratic candidate Jimmy Farris criticized his Republican opponent, GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, for taking a noncommittal stance about claims that Islamic extremists have infiltrated the U.S. government.

The claims, made by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., have drawn sharp criticism from some Republicans, including 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho.

“I find it hard to believe that Congressman Labrador doesn’t have enough information to form an opinion about Bachmann’s statement,” said Farris. “When will he have enough information?"

Asked Monday about the claims, Labrador told the Statesman editorial board that he did not know enough about the issue to criticize Bachmann, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee.

"I think we would be foolish to think that people are not trying to infiltrate our government," Labrador said. "I would hope that she's smart enough to have enough evidence to make a statement like that."

Here is the Farris news release, from Tuesday:

Today 1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris praised Congressman Mike Simpson for condemning Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s claim that the U.S. government has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Congressman Simpson spoke out against Bachmann’s claims Friday, calling them “outrageous” and “a bad reflection on all Republicans.” Farris commended Simpson for speaking out strongly against Bachmann’s claim, which dredges up the specter of McCarthyism.

“I commend Congressman Simpson on his willingness to take such a strong stand against a fellow Republican for her disturbing and inflammatory statements,” said Farris. “I call on Congressman Labrador to do the same.”

According to the Idaho Statesman, Congressman Raul Labrador claimed to lack sufficient information to criticize Bachmann, saying, “I would hope that she’s smart enough to have enough evidence to make a statement like that.” Arizona Senator John McCain, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Congressman Simpson have all come out strongly against Bachmann’s statement. McCain said the attack has “no logic, no basis, and no merit, and has to stop.”

“I find it hard to believe that Congressman Labrador doesn’t have enough information to form an opinion about Bachmann’s statement,” said Farris. “When will he have enough information? Senator McCain, who is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, spoke out against Bachmann. Speaker Boehner spoke out against Bachmann. Congressman Simpson spoke out against Bachmann. What exactly does Labrador need to form an opinion? Congressman Labrador’s failure to display leadership once again proves that he puts political grandstanding above doing what’s right.”

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Ms Vacant not worth a comment

I am not a huge Raul fan but I understand not be baited into a debate over a non-issue. Ms. Bachmann is an idiot and a paranoid bigot...period. Ask Raul to comment on something that affects IDAHO rather than what your Obama handlers have told you to say. "Now Jimmy...don't talk about our record over the past couple of years...focus on the negative aspects the Republicans".

Enjoy the Ride...there is no return ticket.

YET ANOTHER POINTLESS BLOG......

desperate times, desperate measures :)

This amateur almost makes me

This amateur almost makes me feel sorry for Idaho Democrats. Almost.

Farris is kind of a whiner

So far, the only news he makes is whining that Labrador won't release his tax returns or call out Bachmann for her ridiculous claims. How about some content Farris? So far, I see this campaign as little more than annoying noise.

Kind of like the GOP has

Kind of like the GOP has been doing on the national level for several years. Whine, whine, whine.

An UNhonorable

An Unhonorable accusation for the sake of political theater. Republicans have brought it to a new level. ANYONE who would not forsake it is also UNhonorable. Simple math.