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Ybarra Accepts Blame … Sorta

Sherri Ybarra, Republican candidate for superintendent of schools, has issued the following statement re: language or her campaign site that duplications language on site of Democratic opponent Jana Jones:

“I was surprised to learn of the similarity in language on the websites on the contact pages.  The contact copy page was posted 6 months ago for the primary election in March. I sent my web managers copy regarding issues and positioning statements. They wrote other copy points on the contact page; however, I take responsibility for final copy content.   My focus is, and will continue to be, how we best provide a strong future for Idaho's children.  That future begins with the very best education and preparation we can offer them.  As an educator working every day within Idaho's system, I have the experience and ideas to bring meaningful reforms and work closely with members of the Idaho Legislature and stakeholders to move Idaho education forward.” More here.

  • Clark Corbin, of IdahoED NEWS, who broke the story, tweets: “Ybarra has updated her website since I first called Wed., but the passages in question remain up. In fact, those passages now appear twice.”

Question: How much damage will this misstep do to Ybarra's campaign?

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