Simpson Bags NRA Backing in Idaho
Rep. Mike Simpson, R Idaho, during the House Appropriations Committee to snack on during the markup of a fiscal 2012 interior and environment draft bill.Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, whose Republican primary challenger is backed by the Club ForGrowth, today bagged the endorsement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.David Keene, a forme red bottoms r president of t red bottoms he National Rifle Association, red bottoms delivered the group’s endorsement during an appearance at an Idaho Falls restaurant, the political action fund said today in a statement.Simpson, an eight term House member whose credentials as a Republican are being questioned by c red bottoms hallenger Bryan Smith, was hailed by Keene as “a true conservative leader” who “continues to lead the way on vital firearm, hunting and self defense reforms,” according to the group’s statement.The NRA, which gives Simpson its highest A+ rating, cited his support for federal legislation to expand the rights of people with permits to carry concealed handguns to take their weapons to other states.The Club for Growth, meanwhile, released a new video calling Simpson a RINO Republican In Name Only. It features clips of Simpson defending his advocacy of raising more revenue during the failed budget deliberations in 2011.The video shows Simpson being asked by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday about his Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to raise taxes. Simpson said: “I signed that in 1998 when I first ran, I didn’t know I was signing a marriage agreement that would last forever.”The group didn’t include Simpson’s additional statement in the broadcast that “a majority of members of Congress understand that you have to have addition revenue” to close the budget deficit. That’s because tax revenue had decreased from 18 percent to 14 percent of gross domestic product as expenditures have risen from 19 percent to 25 percent of GDP, Simpson said.