BOISE, IDAHO — The Idaho Statesman, Idaho’s largest paper, endorsed U.S. Senate nominee Paulette Jordan on Sunday in her race against incumbent Senator Jim Risch.
The paper writes of Jordan:
“Jordan vows to work across the aisle and rise above partisan politics to come up with solutions that average citizens care most about.
Jordan, of Plummer in North Idaho, unseated a Republican incumbent in the Idaho House of Representatives in 2014. She went on to successfully defend her seat in 2016.”
“Jordan touts her deep Idaho roots and cites public lands, health care and education as her top three priorities.”
Regarding Risch, the paper notes:
“If ever there were a sign that it’s time for Risch, 77, to retire, it came during the impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump earlier this year, during which Risch now famously fell asleep.”
“Risch’s track record in the Senate is one of disappointment.
In 2018, he reportedly held up the federal spending bill because he was angry that the White Clouds Wilderness would carry the name of Cecil Andrus, a longtime Democratic political foe of the grudge-holding Risch.”
“Regardless of your political persuasion, the legislative branch still must be an effective check on the executive branch, and Risch appears to be more of an enabler of the president than a counterbalance, even when it appears the president is not acting in the best interest of the United States. That’s failing his Idaho constituency and putting party before country.”
Read the entire editorial here.
In a statement, Paulette Jordan said:
“I’m grateful for the endorsement of the Statesman, a historic choice by our state’s biggest newspaper in an unprecedented election at a tumultuous time for all of us. Idaho has same-day voter registration, and we can win this race.”
Paulette Jordan’s message is “People First Policy,” emphasizing health care, economic recovery, stewardship of land, and increased federal fiscal discipline and accountability. She is endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List. More information about Jordan’s campaign for the U.S. Senate can be found at her website www.pauletteforsenate.com