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Cost of a plane ride

Jason Risch, spokesman for dad Jim Risch’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, responded back this morning to an earlier request for the amount the Risch campaign paid to eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot for use of VanderSloot’s Learjet for Risch’s fly-around announcing his candidacy. The cost: $11,680.75.

Risch and VanderSloot were together again today, as part of a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Boise for Romney’s presidential campaign. Romney talked enthusiastically about Risch’s Senate campaign. “Our country will be in much better hands if we have Jim Risch as United States senator,” he said. “We’ll be working very hard to see that he gets elected.” After declining to comment about Larry Craig, Romney’s repudiated former Idaho campaign co-chair, Romney said, “I can tell you that I am focused on the future, and the future is with this young man to my right serving as United States senator. He will represent Idaho well, he will represent our country well, and I look forward to supporting him in that effort.” Risch, who is 64, responded with a grin, “Did you hear him say ‘young’?”

Romney also called the Fourth of July fireworks that VanderSloot sponsored in Idaho Falls this year “the most spectacular celebration of fireworks for the 4th I think I have ever seen.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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