Name Dropping: Idaho Legislator Posts Phony List of Endorsements

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Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Jeff Thompson has been touting endorsements from people who have actually thrown their support to his opponent.

In a report entitled "Support for Jeff Thompson Misleading," the Idaho Falls Post Register reports that several individuals and groups listed on Thompson's campaign website were not legitimate endorsements. When contacted by the Post Register, Thompson said he would take the names off his website.

Among those names were former Idaho Reps. Janice McGeachin and Ann Ryalch, and current Idaho Sen. Dean Mortimer and current GOP candidate for Idaho Secretary of State Mitch Toryanski, who were each a bit surprised as being on Thompson's list.

Additionally, Thompson said he had been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, but a spokesman for the NRA said they haven't made any such endorsement.

Thompson also included the Idaho Farm Bureau as a supporter but a spokesman for the bureau said the organization doesn't officially endorse candidates.

Thompson is being challenged for his District 30A House seat in the May 20 GOP primary by Steve Yates.


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