Glutton for punishment or Energizer Bunny? Idaho's Farris vows to run and win in 2014

Perhaps it's not a surprise for a guy played in the NFL despite his small stature, but Jimmy Farris sure shows some pluck — or maybe self-flagellation — when he says he's running for Congress again after losing by more than 102,000 votes.

“I am committed to devoting myself to public service and to giving the First District the representation it deserves," Farris said in a news release. "Our next journey starts today. We are headed full steam ahead towards a victory in 2014.”

Democrat Farris won 31 percent of the vote Tuesday against freshman GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who carried 63 percent. Libertarian Rob Oates had 4 percent, independent Pro-Life 2 percent. Labrador's edge was 199,489 votes to 97,436 for Farris.

Labrador has refused to say whether he'll run for governor in 2014, but we should know in the next few months if that's in the cards. If Labrador moves on, Farris would be positioned to make a better showing for an open seat.

Here's his news release:

Farris looks ahead to 2014

MERIDIAN, Idaho – 1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris released a statement today about his future plans. Farris’ comments are as follows:

“I want to thank the many people who put their faith in me and honored me with their vote. Their support was invaluable and I look forward to adding to their numbers in the next campaign.

“Running a campaign is not an easy task, but this was just the beginning. We learned a great deal and made major inroads this time around, and we are ready to continue building on what we started. Next time we have to work harder and smarter – it’s going to be a challenge, but we will not turn back now.

“We still need to end the gridlock and division that has crippled Congress. We brought a lot of issues to the forefront in this campaign, and when Congressman Labrador returns to Washington, we will be watching to make sure he is doing his job.

“I am committed to devoting myself to public service and to giving the First District the representation it deserves. Our next journey starts today. We are headed full steam ahead towards a victory in 2014.”

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Jimmy Farris is an Idaho native who hails from Lewiston. He 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. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons, the Washington Redskins, and the New England Patriots, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2002. Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs described Farris as “A little ol' guy who fights his guts out.” After retiring from the NFL, Farris moved into sports broadcasting, started the Jimmy Farris Future Leaders Foundation, and then, feeling drawn back to his home state, returned to Idaho. Feeling discouraged with his state’s current leadership, he decided to run for Congress. Farris believes that “Idaho needs leaders who serve Idahoans and not special interests.”

For more information, please visit www.jimmyfarris.us

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Maybe this time he won't be so late...

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