Skip to comments.Tea Party Candidate Hammers Boehner Ally on ‘Amnesty’ (ID)
Posted on 05/13/2014 10:42:27 AM PDT by cotton1706
Two weeks from the primary, the tea party rival to Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is up with a new TV ad accusing the eight-term incumbent of supporting amnesty.
Why are the Washington, D.C., special interests spending millions to prop up Mike Simpson? a female narrator asks in attorney Bryan Smiths ad. Because he supports a scheme to give amnesty to illegal aliens.
The race for Idahos 2nd District is one of the premiere House race face-offs between tea party groups and the pragmatic wing of the Republican party. Simpson is a close ally of House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.
However, one of Smiths biggest backers, the Club for Growth, cut spending on the race in recent weeks, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Smiths ad is backed by a $140,000 buy in the Boise, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls media markets, according to a campaign spokeswoman. Idaho is relatively inexpensive to air TV advertising.
In the immigration debate, the use of the word amnesty can range from granting illegal immigrants citizenship to anything short of immediate deportation.
A spokeswoman for the Smith campaign clarified Smiths definition of amnesty.
Giving people legal status when they are here illegally without having them return to their country of origin is amnesty, Smith spokeswoman Carrie Brown wrote in an email. It is not fair to the people that have gone through the system legally.
Simpsons backers in Washington are increasingly confident he will survive the challenge in the May 20 primary.
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Mike Simpson is the biggest amnesty supporter around.
The important thing is to pass something on immigration so we can go to conference with the Senate, Simpson noted.
“Simpson wants badly to pass some of the piecemeal bills so that the House can go to a conference committee with the Senate, where he hopes the two chambers can strike a deal on a comprehensive bill. But when I asked him about his colleagues who fear that the outcome of a conference committee would be amnesty for illegal immigrants, he was frank: They have a point, even if he disagrees with where theyre coming from.
Theyre legitimate complaints from their point of view, Simpson says. And I dont know how youre going to do an immigration bill that doesnt [somehow] deal with the 11 or 12 million who are here”
He’s part of the gang of 30 with Diaz, Grimm, Ryan, Ellmers and others.