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Ahlquist goes after Little, Labrador with ‘quiz’ website

GOP gubernatorial Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign has put up a new website criticizing rivals Brad Little and Raul Labrador, criticizing both as “professional politicians” who “do the darndest things with your tax dollars.” The site is online at It’s set up as a “quiz,” asking people to take the quiz and decide which of the two is worse on three different topics: Pay, pay raises and missed votes; taxpayer-funded perks; and taxpayer-funded office spending.

Most of the charges draw on previously published news reports. Among them: Little is criticized for receiving a pay raise that lawmakers set for the lieutenant governor in 2014, which took his salary as lieutenant governor from $35,700 to $42,275; Labrador is criticized for his spending on vehicles; and both are criticized for their office spending.

The Ahlquist campaign openly claims credit for the website, which has a credit line at the bottom noting that it’s “Paid for by Tommy for Idaho.” David Johnston, campaign manager for Ahlquist, said, “We wanted Idahoans to have a chance to view each career politician’s record of doing the darndest things with taxpayer dollars and make a choice of which is worse for taxpayers.”

Those who take the “quiz” and choose which candidate is worse don’t end up with any result, however, beyond a message saying, “Thanks for taking the quiz!”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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