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Hearn: Glad IFF/IFA didn’t endorse me

Tom Hearn, a Democratic candidate for state Rep. Kathy Sims seat (RE: Idaho Freedom Action endorsements): "I am very thankful that IFA and/or IFF is not endorsing me. I don't want their endorsement. They are basically out to de-fund state government. They never found a government program that benefits the average person that they didn't want to cut. They reward people like Kathy Sims with a high score on their silly Freedom Index and an endorsement only if people like her meet their definition of "conservative." Representative Sims votes against public schools and teachers, mental health care, suicide prevention, local control, medical care for the working poor, roads, minimum wage, equal rights for gay people, local regulation of pollution from plastic bags and on and on. IFF only wants tax cuts for the people who are wealthy and in control in this state. They have never had a serious tax proposal to benefit the average person and in fact their push to cut state funding for public schools has increased the taxes on people by pushing the costs of our schools on to the local property taxpayer. People who the IFA/IFF supports have been responsible for many of the problems in this state. I reject their philosophy of governing and am proud to oppose them. If elected I hope I never score high on their Freedom Index because I don't think their philosophy of governing reflects the values and concerns of the good people of Coeur d'Alene."

Question: What is the value of an Idaho Freedom Action endorsement to the average Republican voter in Kootenai County?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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