Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, is using a tried-and-true campaign tactic: feed the voters.
Like my daughter who gave out suckers with special labels to get elected 7th-grade class president, Perry passed out Clif Bars attached to her campaign post card to freshmen lawmakers at orientation this week.
Perry is running for House GOP caucus chair, in an election to be decided tonight at Crane Creek Country Club during a closed-door dinner by secret ballot of the 57 House Republicans.
Perry was at the Capitol Monday with a basket loaded with bars and a note reading, "A little something to help keep your energy up this week. Welcome to the caucus! Best wishes, Christy Perry."
For freshmen Democrats, the note simply said, "Welcome to the Legislature."
Perry then filled a basket for veteran representatives and left it on a desk in the Capitol basement, where lawmakers are gathering. The note read: "For all you 'Old Timers' in the House who did not receive an energy bar, I brought you all something a little bit more appropriate. Enjoy your fiber bars. Christy."
On Wednesday morning, the last of three days of orientation, one bar remained in the basket.
Perry faces Rep. Steve Hartgen of Twin Falls, and John Vander Woude, of rural Ada County, for the No. 4 GOP leadership post in the House.