According to Idaho Democratic Senate candidate, Larry LaRocco, Jim Risch has sent out another desperate fundraising letter [pdf] which includes an appeal from Gov. Butch Otter and Risch's hilarious opening line, "Liberal Democrats Are Plotting to Steal This U.S. Senate Seat."
The letter goes on in the same strangely desperate fashion as the previous fundraising letter and includes curious baseball references and something about his being a target that makes him "breakout into a huge smile." It also again touts his strong-arming the state legislature into special session as temporary governor in '06 to pass a tax increase on average Idahoans which he disguised as property tax relief.
Maybe some people enjoy being frightened into sending a candidate money but I have to believe that Idahoans are smarter than that.
LaRocco's release also notes that Senator Larry Craig has been speaking at fundraisers on behalf of Jim Risch, something "mysteriously" omitted from Risch's solicitation letter. Here's the entire LaRocco release:
Today, Larry LaRocco, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, released Jim Risch’s most recent fundraising letter to Idahoans admitting Risch is fearful he will lose in 2008. Risch recently sent out a nationwide fundraising appeal and this is the second fundraising letter subsequent to holding two fundraisers in Washington, D.C.
“Jim Risch has had Larry Craig appear and speak at two of his Washington, D.C. fundraisers and endorse him, but he fails to mention this endorsement to Idahoans. Why is that?“ LaRocco asked.
In a frantic sounding 8 page fundraising letter to Idahoans, Jim Risch stated how he is fearful of losing his bid for the U.S. Senate in Idaho in November.
“Jim Risch’s letter is proof positive the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Idaho is wide open. Jim Risch’s own words state his fear and worry over the outcome of this race. He has every reason to be concerned. Idahoans are ready for a new direction and want a replacement for Larry Craig who will work across party lines to solve problems in Idaho and in our nation,” LaRocco said.
“When I am elected to the U.S. Senate my service in the U.S. House of Representatives will be counted towards my seniority in the U.S. Senate and I will be a member of the majority party. Jim Risch’s failure to pledge to working across the aisle as I have done is a major omission in his commitment to the people of Idaho,” LaRocco said.
“Jim Risch continues to peddle fear and hype instead of hope and optimism. Two-thirds (almost 1,000) of my contributors are from Idaho and I am proud of my broad based support from Idahoans who want to chart a new direction for Idaho and our country,” LaRocco said.