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Monday, I spoke with Raul Labrador on the Kevin Miller Show 580KIDO and asked him point blank why he didn’t endorse Russ Fulcher until the last week before the primary election in 2014. Unfortunately, I never got a straight answer even after telling him he did not give me an answer to my question.
There has been a lot of rancor about Gem State Patriot News beating up on the three candidates running against Fulcher as expressed recently in an article by Idaho Politics Weekly. We have not tried to hide the fact that our editorial board has been in full support of Russ Fulcher not only in the 2014 primary but also in the Governor’s race in 2018. We have also tried to be objective in our assessment of the other candidates. Gem State Patriot News has been dedicated to bringing the truth to the people of Idaho, and we are not going to stop now just as the fake news media is trying to discredit us with their propaganda.
We find it unfortunate that many other media sources have been less than honest in their opinions of the candidates, but it is to be expected as everyone decides on whom they are going to back and support for one political reason or another. We don’t have an axe to grind except to find out the truth and present it to our readers—who have been the sole support of this newsletter since its inception in 2013. It is important that we do some real digging to find out as much about these candidates as we can and inform the citizens of Idaho who will have to make a decision on a new governor next year.
Congressman Labrador says conservatives have to rally around the strongest candidate and thinks he is that person. He says he has seen the numbers, but he doesn’t explain what numbers. We believe that Russ Fulcher is a much better candidate with stronger conservative viewpoints on smaller government than the other three candidates; and in the recent polls that we and others have done, he stands out as the clear leader in this race.
Most of you may not remember, but it was Congressman Labrador who endorsed Butch Otter in 2014 in the election and he did it early. Pray tell, why didn’t he do the same for his best friend Russ Fulcher? Could it be that he was concerned that when he ran in 2018 the establishment would punish him by withholding endorsements and money for endorsing and supporting Fulcher too early? You can bet your last dollar on that.
Russ Fulcher has proven his conservative values and, like many other Idahoans, supported Ted Cruz before Trump was nominated. He is the one who has saved Idahoans over $600 million in grocery taxes by getting the grocery tax rebate passed against Butch Otter’s wishes. He is a man who will stand up for the little guy, and he is not afraid to stick his neck out to do it. The only thing Butch Otter stuck his neck out for was to see how much money you still had in your pocket so he could tax you some more.
Russ Fulcher has put his life and his families’ life on hold to run for governor again because he believes that he can help make Idaho a better place to live and raise a family. He believes he can fix our healthcare problem, bring higher paying jobs to Idaho without using your tax money, reduce the tax burden for everyone, and regain control of our public lands with a promise for more public access and a no-sale constitutional amendment policy. He has been working on his plan for 3 ½ years now and is ready to present it to the people of Idaho—all he asks is for you to give him a chance.
Don’t be fooled by the empty promises of Ahlquist, Little, and Labrador as we believe they are opportunists who are more interested in self-aggrandizement than in fixing our problems. We have yet to see any substantial, thought-out plan to fix Idaho’s problems from any of these three candidates; instead, all we get are flyers in the mail with platitudes and requests for donations. All three have been copycats of Fulcher’s plan but none of them have spelled out the specifics of how to achieve their goals and improve the lives of Idahoans.
“We Get the Government We Deserve” — Do Your Homework Before You Vote.