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February 6, 2016

Simpson Slams Club for Growth

Mike Simpson is no fan of the Club for Growth. But that may be okay, since the feeling appears to be mutual.

On the same day that Club for Growth announced that it would sponsor a primary challenger to the Idaho Republican, Simpson told CQ Roll Call that members who listen to the conservative group ought to rethink why they are in Congress.

If members are here just to listen to Club for Growth, Simpson said, “If that makes you vote one way or another, then hell, fire your staff and just listen to whatever their scorecard is.”

“I think there are a certain number of members who are influenced substantially by the Club for Growth and Heritage Action and, ‘Oh, man, what that does to my scorecard and everything,’” Simpson said.

He said Wednesday night that groups like Heritage Action and Club for Growth were to blame for tanking the farm bill, and because they did, Congress would eventually end up with worse legislation.

“What’s going to happen, because they sunk the farm bill, a Republican farm bill, that had reforms in it [for] both the farm programs and in the [food stamp] programs, what they’re going to end up with is a bill that is more to their dislike,” Simpson said. “The bill moves more in the direction that the Club for Growth and Heritage Action don’t want.”

While frustrated with the impact that the outside groups have had on the legislative process, Simpson said he was unfazed by the primary challenge.

“Club for Growth is who they are. They do what they do.”

“It doesn’t bother me that the Club for Growth is going after me,” he said. “That’s okay. That’s the way politics are, and if I can’t defend myself, then that’s the way it is.”

  • RevIdahoSpud3

    Simpson, as well as his drunk counterpart Mike Crapo continue to be elected because they are Mormon. Mr. Simpson once told me that most Democrats were easy to work with and only a small minority were radical leftists. Simpson, a former dentist, spent too much of his life down in the mouth to actually be able to observe what was happening around him, especially, when all of the wonderful Dem’s that he admired voted in lockstep for every Dem proposal, regardless of how wicked the legislation. Simpson has been a go along to get along worthless addition to Idaho’s history of Federal officeholders. He has been a RINO Boehner foot soldier while attacking his fellow Idaho Representative Raul Labrador for true conservative principles. Simpson continues to grow fat at the public trough both literally and figuratively. Club For Growth support is welcome news.

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