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Idaho Dem leader defends mailer touting conservative ranking

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 06:16:25-04

House Minority Leader John Rusche says his campaign sent mailers boasting that a free-market think tank ranked him as one of the most conservative Democratic lawmakers in Idaho -- even though group gave Rusche an “F-minus.”

The Idaho Freedom Foundation releases its ranking of Idaho's 105 lawmakers every year. Legislators are docked for approving any bills that the group perceives as growing government, raising taxes or restricting free market practices.

Rusche said Tuesday that he's openly critical of the foundation, but added that a Democrat in Idaho can't describe himself as liberal if he wants to win.

Rusche is running in one of the toughest legislative races in Idaho against Republican challenger Mike Kingsley --who was just 48 votes shy of ousting Rusche in 2014.

(by Associated Press)