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While Idaho Republicans are suckers for a good sex scandal, Idaho Democrats upped them thrice in a pair of dueling sex scandal press releases.

Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko called out former U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Larry LaRocco for his affair, to which he fessed up 14 years ago. Semanko used the revelations of John Edward's recent sexscapades as a weak news hook: "Idaho has changed a lot in 14 years, with a lot of new voters arriving in that time. I wonder how well those new arrivals truly know Larry LaRocco, and his past," Semanko wondered in a press release.

Idaho Democrats' chairman R. Kieth Roark fired back a missive of his own, punctuated by two words: Larry Craig. "Larry Craig's search for sexual satisfaction in a public bathroom stall is also something that Republicans prefer not to remember­—even though it occurred very recently. Larry LaRocco made his mistake, made his amends and moved on. Larry Craig continues to lie and mislead," Roark stated.

Also on Roark's list: Steve Symms, Helen Chenoweth (who replaced LaRocco in Congress and soon admitted to an affair of her own) and John McCain.

LaRocco quickly issued his own statement decrying both party tactics and reminding voters that he is "working for Idaho."

"Tawdry shots between political parties don't serve Idahoans who are tired of partisan bickering," he stated.

LaRocco did not address Semanko's "nostalgia." And Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, LaRocco's main opponent for Craig's Senate seat, waited a few days before sending out a vague statement on gas prices.

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