D.C.-based political action committee opens Idaho field office in bid to unseat Simpson

January 17, 2014 

The Washington, D.C.-based Madison Project is hosting a grand opening of its Boise field office Friday night, along with get-out-the-vote training for those aiming to unseat eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson.

The new political action committee, which endorsed Simpson's challenger Bryan Smith in September, will also hold training Saturday in Twin Falls and Idaho Falls.

Ryan Davidson, a former Idaho Libertarian Party chairman and marijuana decriminalization advocate, is running the new Boise office. Davidson is the state Youth Committeeperson for Ada County Republicans, representing young Republicans on the state GOP Central Committee. In 2012, Davidson helped organize a failed effort to overturn the result of the 2012 Idaho presidential caucus and award 32 delegates won by Mitt Romney to Ron Paul.

Gem State Tea Party founder Chad Inman promoted the Madison Project's effort in an email Friday morning, writing, "That's right – they agree with conservatives, libertarians, and constitutionalists in Idaho – it's time for Mike Simpson to go!"

The Madison Project's Boise headquarters is at 6630 Overland Road. The meet-and-greet is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with training from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Madison Project was an early supporter of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for defeat in the Republican primary.

On its Sack Mike Simpson website, the Madison Project calls Simpson a "liberal, Nancy Pelosi Republican," despite the differences in lifetime American Conservative Union ratings of the two. Simpson has an 85 percent rating, the House Democratic Leader is at 3 percent.

The group's Twin Falls event is Saturday at the Golden Corral Restaurant, with a breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m., training from 9 a.m. to noon, and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The Idaho Falls event, also Saturday, is at Dixie's Diner. Training is from 3 to 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6 p.m.

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