How much is an Ada Commish seat worth?
While political watchers have been focused on the primary races for Idaho Guv and Congress, the local yokels have been quietly maneuvering in the Ada County Commish race. The latest campaign reports provide some interesting data.
The GUARDIAN abhors the term “contribution” when it comes to payments to politicians. They are NOT charities. Despite the usual patter, who really believes those who pony up the cash really don’t expect anything in return? As an Idaho politico once told us, “when it comes to quid pro quo, there is no reason for the quo without some quid.”
Incumbent Repub Commish Jim Tibbs has tapped contractors and construction firms for some hefty payments with a total of almost $29,000. Case also has been paid by numerous contractors and businesses to the tune of $28,000 and change. He already had $15,448 in his war chest, bringing his total to just over $44,000.
Sharon Ullman is opposing Case in the Repub primary. She seems to be self finance with about $5,000.
But the real shocker is the Basque lady from Mayor Dave Bieter’s office who has taken payments totaling in excess of $76,000. Most of Demo candidate Diana Lachiondo’s cash comes from individual donors. She will challenge Tibbs if the $76,000 earns her a primary victory.
Take a look at the score cards and feel free to offer any insights:
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