Republican Fred Martin apologized to 18-year GOP Sen. John Andreason, whose seat Martin aims to win in Idaho's most expensive legislative race in West Boise's District 15.
In a mailer late last week, Martin's campaign attributed to Andreason a quote that earlier had been attributed to Lt. Gov. Brad Little.
The repeated quote appears next to Andreason's smiling face and includes the same typographical error as the mailer with Little. It says: "Fred S. Martin is the perfect fit to serve District 15 in the Idaho State Senate. His combination of work and political experience, as well as his continue commitment to volunteering in the community; shows Fred Martin is well prepared to serve from day one. Join me is (sic) supporting Fred S. Martin for Senate in District 15."
Andreason told me Monday that the quote "disturbs me a little bit" but that he endorsed Martin and over Democrat Betty Richardson and isn't withdrawing his support. "It's a little late for that, but I told him I was disappointed that he misquoted me," Andreason said.
Martin apologized by phone to Andreason Monday morning, both men said.
Martin said the misquote was the result of an error as he reviewed the mailer. He said he spoke with his consultant, Jason Lehosit, and told Lehosit to replace a quote from Little with one from Andreason.
"They changed the picture and changed the name, but didn't change the quote," Martin said. "I should have double-checked that it was changed. I didn't see the original quote and I didn't see the second quote. I thought they would call Mr. Andreason and get the correct quote."
Still, Martin said he didn't blame Lehosit. "It was not his fault, it was my fault."
Andreason's nod is important in a district where moderate Republicans have ruled the roost. Richardson herself attempts to don the Andreason mantle, saying in a brochure, "My goal is to continue John Andreason's tradition of principled leadership, and to give voice to the hopes and concerns of Idahoans who can't afford high-priced lobbyists."
Richardson opposes the school reform laws subject to repeal by Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Andreason voted against the laws. Martin spent most of the campaign declining to reveal his position, but finally answered directly last week, saying he cast his absentee ballot in favor of all three propositions.
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