Jeers: “Re-Elect” Who?
- By MARTY TRILLHAASE
JEERS … to Stevenson. Perhaps one reason she’s running away from a public debate is because someone may point out the following:
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is running for re-election.
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is running for re-election.
So is Washington state Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy.
Same goes for Nez Perce County Commissioners Doug Havens and Doug Zenner as well as Sheriff Joe Rodriguez.
They all currently hold office and they’re asking the voters for another term.
Stevenson is not an incumbent. After one term in the House, the voters fired her two years ago. It was close, but they fired her, and they sent Rudolph to Boise. Rudolph is retiring, so Stevenson and Blakey are pursuing an open seat.
For a GOP incumbent in ruby red Idaho to get the boot takes some doing. Perhaps Stevenson would rather gloss over that. So she has doubled down on the tactic of asking voters to “re-elect” her.
It was one thing when Stevenson recycled old material from her 2014 “re-election” campaign a couple of months ago. It still took some gall for a private citizen to seek “re-election” to an office she did not hold.
Now, however, Stevenson has made a conscious choice to portray herself as the incumbent in brand new glossy brochures and in her advertising. She’s asking you to “re-elect” her.
There’s no other word for it.
It’s a lie.