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Land Board’s PR agent top GOP operative

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has paid more than a quarter-million dollars since 2007 to one of the state’s top Republican operatives for a public relations campaign, but officials say the state’s getting a great deal. “We’re very happy with the results so far,” said Lands Department Director George Bacon.

Mike Tracy’s one-man PR firm has developed a DVD about state endowment lands, scheduled dozens of presentations by Tracy or state officials to everything from school boards to Rotary clubs, and commissioned two polls to track how much Idahoans know about the state endowment and how they view it. Read more. Betsy Z. Russell/SR


O’Barto Out, Tracy, Henderson In

Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s campaign manager is stepping down — 12 days before the primary and in the wake of a series of political missteps. Ward campaign consultant Mike Tracy confirmed Friday that Ward has accepted the resignation of Ryan O’Barto, who also served as spokesman. Tracy, a press secretary for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, told The Associated Press he will begin serving as campaign spokesman/AP via Eye On Boise. More here.

DFO: If state R’s are bringing in heavy hitters like Tracy & Al Henderson to save Ward’s campaign, that means they haven’t tossed Ward over for Raul Labrador. Interesting.

EOB: Ward Working w/Mike Tracy

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward told its editorial board this morning that he “planned to announce a restructuring of his campaign staff on Saturday.” The paper reported, “While not offering specifics, Ward alluded to major changes and was accompanied by longtime GOP campaign strategist Mike Tracy”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

DFO: Gracious … Betsy’s all over this stuff. She called me a few minutes ago looking for numbers of some North Idaho politicos … and wondering whether Mike Tracy, the respected former aide to Larry Craig, might be involved in Ward’s restructuring of his campaign. I got off the phone with her at 1:11. She tweeted this — and I re-tweeted for those of you who follow my Twitter 10 minutes later.

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