Meet the candidate looking to take on the establishment GOP in Idaho

In an effort to highlight some key midterm races around the country, Glenn welcomed Bryan Smith, who is challenging incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) to represent Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District, to the radio program this morning. Smith enjoys the endorsement of FreedomWorks, the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, and other small government groups, and he talked about his campaign and his stance on some of the major issues facing this country.

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“I want to talk to Bryan Smith. He’s running for Congress out of Idaho’s 2nd District that includes Boise and most of southern Idaho. He is currently running against a guy named Mike Simpson. Some are calling him the ‘Lindsey Graham of Idaho,’” Glenn explained. “There are no polls out, so we have no idea if this is going to topple another RHINO, but… why does Idaho have a guy like Lindsey Graham… even in Congress? There’s no reason for it.”

To begin, Glenn asked Smith to comment on what should be done in response to the standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government in Nevada.

“Well, the problem down there is the same problem that many of the 11 western states have, and that is: The federal government owns a huge share of the state lands. Idaho, for example, is 64%. And if you go east of the Continental Divide, the states have – on average – an 8% ownership by the federal government,” Smith explained. “So the problem is the federal government is holding minerals and ore and also deposits of other things and also of timber. And it’s really getting to the point where they’re mismanaging the resources. The states could do a lot better job and the truth is the Constitution never envisioned that the federal government would own 64% of Idaho’s land.”

Glenn asked Smith, who is a lawyer by trade, why he would choose to dive into politics now.

“I’ve been married for 30 years. I have five children. I actually graduated from high school in Idaho, and we’ve been living in Idaho Falls for 20 years,” Smith said. “I’m a lawyer by profession. I practice law in Idaho Falls. Have a practice here. I’ve been busy raising children and busy in other things that I do in the community. Now my kids are grown up. My youngest is just turned 17. And we’re in a position where we can strike out and start standing up for issues of liberty and freedom in our own state.”

Smith is running against Rep. Simpson, who has been in office since 1999. He has been endorsed by Mitt Romney, and is described by Smith as “John Boehner’s best friend” and “one of his top lieutenants and allies.”

While Glenn and Pat questioned how such an establishment guy could consistently win in a state like Idaho, Smith explained he is Rep. Simpson’s first real challenger.

“I can tell you he ran in 1998, and he got put in with 40% of the vote because of the split ticket. And then nobody challenged him for four terms, which is eight years, Smith said. “I am the first credible challenger who has mounted a serious campaign. He really hasn’t faced this kind of opposition ever.”

You can learn more about Smith’s campaign HERE.

  • TetonConservative

    I know Bryan, and he is not only a great guy, but also believes in the Constitution and limited government. That’s a lot better than Simpson, who has made lots of enemies with his proposals and voting record.
    Here in Idaho, we are pulling for Bryan!

    • CylonesRUS

      put the word out to two people and have them call two others – start the chain reaction, only then can the weed be pulled by the root, otherwise like most weeds, it will not die, but regrow even stronger

  • Connor Davenport

    Anyone willing to go against the GOP and is not a liberal is ok in my book.

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  • Jerrilyn Ramos

    People of Southeast Idaho, before you vote for someone that Mitt Romney
    endorses, because of course, Mitt Romney is the ultimate Mormon, you
    need to watch this piece about Mike Simpson. The man is LIBERAL, not
    Conservative. He was one of the few who voted to CONTINUE to fund ACORN,
    he admitted he loves to load bills down with pork, voted for the
    bailouts, Cash For Clunkers, the stimulus bill, and Nancy Pelosi’s
    billion dollar park package. He has put you and your children in debt.
    Please watch this and then vote for a man of honor, Bryan Smith. Jerri

  • HerculesLoadmaster

    I won’t be voting for Mike Simpson. To me, he is one of those type of guys that is nothing but a bully and he hides behind his religion. He is an overfed (literally) pork barrel RINO.

  • Crassus

    Bryan Smith would be better served if he appeared on local Idaho talk shows instead of Glenn Beck. Sure, people in California and Texas might be impressed with Smith after listening to him on Glenn’s program. They might even send him $20 for his campaign. But they damn sure aren’t going to vote for him.

  • Sean Christensen

    I live in Southern Idaho, and would love to see someone besides Mike Simpson get elected. He has been in politics too long. He doesn’t listen to us anymore. He is NOT conservative, but suddenly every week now I am getting ads in the mail from Simpson about how conservative he is and how horrible Bryan Smith is. This negative campaigning makes me like Simpson even less. It’s time for a change. I don’t know much about Bryan Smith yet, but I do know I didn’t vote for Mike Simpson last time, and I won’t this time. He doesn’t represent my conservative, Constitution-based values anymore.

  • KrazyHarold

    I’m from the Northern Idaho, Lets hope you in the 2nd district get your RINO out! Also we need to get Gov. Otter out as well!

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  • MoinIdaho

    Vote for Smith! Also, Fulcher for Gov., Chmelik for Lt. Gov, Denny for Sec’y of State, Hatfield for Controller, Troupis for AG, Eynon for Superintendent

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