An attack ad against A.J. Balukoff was released Oct. 1 by the Republican Governor's Association a day after Politico said Gov. Butch Otter was vulnerable.
The ad says Balukoff wants a statewide property tax and wants to expand Obamacare, which means he wants to expand Medicaid. Mike Lanza, a spokesman for the Balukoff campaign said the ad confirms Politico's assessment.
"We’ve looked at the RGA ad it’s a desperate attempt to stretch the truth about A.J.’s record because they don’t want to talk about Otter’s record," Lanza said.
Lanza said Balukoff has never called for raising taxes and instead wants to shift funds now going into rainy-day funds into education.
"The state brings in billions of dollars of revenue every year. A.J. has said repeatedly all he has to do to fund education is change the state’s priority."
Balukoff does support expanding Medicaid.
Third party spending can't be coordinated with a campaign and the Otter campaign said this morning it had nothing to do with the ad. It produced a Washington Post story that ran earlier this week predicting Otter's safe reelection.
"We don’t take anything for granted," said Kaycee Emery, a spokesman for the Otter campaign. "We just want to be sure we get out the governor’s message correctly about hat he's going to do to build a brighter future for Idahoans."