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Allred thanks IACI for taking down attack website, IACI chief stands by claims

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred says he's grateful a campaign website has deleted material attacking his stance on Idaho's state budget, but the business group behind the Internet page says it sticks by its claim. Allred contends the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, on its website, falsely claimed the Democrat would have left Idaho with a 2010 budget deficit. In a letter made public Wednesday, Allred thanked the group's board for taking down the information. But Alex LaBeau, the business group's lobbyist, said it only took down the information because it had become dated. LaBeau, whose group supports Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, called Allred's thank-you "silly," because his group still believes the Democrat's budget plan was too optimistic and could have led to tax hikes, had the 2010 Legislature adopted it.

LaBeau told Eye on Boise the claims on the site were up for only a few weeks; he also said he hadn't seen Allred's letter. "It had nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the information was old, and so we took it down," LaBeau said.

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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