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Dems’ ad shows Sali with sheep

The latest campaign ad by an outside group targeting an Idaho race features an image of GOP Rep. Bill Sali with a bunch of sheep, charging he’s “hanging with the wrong flock in Washington.” The commercial, placed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, uses what’s perhaps a surprising theme to criticize a freshman congressman who’s made waves for frequently voting “no” as part of tiny minorities in the House, often to oppose major spending bills. The DCCC ad cites five of Sali’s votes against Democrat-backed legislation on everything from “pay-as-you-go” rules for House bills to offshore oil drilling, all attempting to show that Sali’s “been with the wrong flock in Washington and it’s hurting Idaho;” while the votes are cited correctly, Sali disputes the ad’s spin on them. You can read my full story here at, and see the commercial here.

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

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