(Political cartoon provided by campaign of Nels Mitchell for U.S. Senate)
In a news release, Democrat Nels Mitchell, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, writes: "It is fascinating to watch my opponent, Sen. Jim Risch, attempt to airbrush his record, or as some have observed, mislead voters about his record on the Idaho National Laboratory, one of Idaho’s largest employers. Last January, Risch voted against funding the INL when he voted against the budget bill. And, a few months before that, he was one of the Senators that shut down the government for 16 days. A move that resulted in INL furloughs and which ultimately cost taxpayers more than $24 Billion. No one in Idaho can question the importance of the INL. Its workforce has more than 6000 government and contractor workers. A BSU study found that the INL creates more than 24,000 Idaho jobs." More here.