Popkey: Simpson begins branding his challenger in GOP primary

dpopkey@idahostatesman.comSeptember 10, 2013 

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson is airing his first ad of the 2014 primary campaign against Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith, a 60-second radio spot that three times calls Smith a “personal-injury lawyer” and four times accuses him of “dishonest attacks.”

The ad also four times characterizes Simpson as a “conservative Republican” and notes his top ratings from the NRA and National Right to Life.

Simpon’s ad is in response to Smith’s 60-second radio spot last week, which called Simpson a “liberal career politician” and said he won’t oppose “any government spending bill that funds Obamacare.” The Smith ad characterizes Smith as a “courageous conservative.”

Read transcripts of both ads here.

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