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Labrador fundraising pitch cites ‘late-breaking’ article in non-existent Idaho newspaper

Here’s an oddity: Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s campaign for governor has sent out a fundraising pitch headed, “Breaking: Establishment strikes back,” saying, “Friend, we knew this moment was coming. In a late-breaking story, the Statesman-Review reported that the Boise insiders and lobbyists have picked their candidate. Now is not the time to get angry about the failed status quo challenging our campaign. Now is the time to fight back. You can help us do so by making a donation of $18 today.”

So what is this “late-breaking” story in the “Statesman-Review”? Perhaps they’re referring to this column in Idaho Politics Weekly by Chuck Malloy, published on Sept. 10, headed, “Why supporters like Little, and are nervous about alternatives.” Or perhaps it’s this Coeur d’Alene Press article published Aug. 20, by Mike Patrick, headlined, “Local CEOs line up with Tommy Ahlquist.”

Neither is late-breaking today, however. Nor is there a “Statesman-Review” in Idaho. I write for The Spokesman-Review. Boise’s daily newspaper is the Idaho Statesman. Colville, Wash. has a newspaper called the Statesman Examiner. Austin, Texas has the American-Statesman. Salem, Ore. has the Statesman Journal.

UPDATE: The mystery has been solved. Scott Phillips, new spokesman and senior strategist for the Labrador campaign, said the fundraising email actually meant to refer to The Spokesman-Review, my newspaper, and specifically to this blog post from Sept. 6, reporting that the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry has endorsed Brad Little for governor. The item also was included in my Sunday column.

"We have a typo in that, and for that I apologize," Phillips said. "I will personally be proofreading pretty much everything that goes out the door in the future to make sure that doesn't occur."

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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