“I made a commitment to run an honest and open campaign to myself, my opponents, and all of Idaho. Along the campaign trail I’ve had countless veterans ask me if I truly was the only veteran running for Lt. Governor, mentioning the “service” repeatedly referenced by one of my opponents. Idaho has an important decision to make on May 15th, that decision should be an informed decision based on facts not language designed to confuse or misrepresent experiences.
Several members on my campaign team are veterans, some wounded and Purple Heart veterans. In fact one of those Purple Heart veterans was in the audience. While not a statement of judgement, I stood as voice for veterans. I will continue to stand for veterans and their concerns. While I commend Mr. Yates for his job at NSA, and for all the civilian employees serving in similar positions, it is a job. One that is applied for, receives a salary, and can be easily left. My service and the service of all veterans, was not a job. While on deployment, military members don’t take sick days, or suddenly decide “this is more than I signed up for”. Americans, American soil count on our military members to stand resolved in their commitment to serve and protect our nation from enemies, they put their limbs and lives on the line every single day.
Idahoans deserve factual information about the background, experiences, and expertise of the candidates in clear language, accurately representing the candidate as a whole. I want Idahoans to have the information necessary to make an informed decision, not be misled. I remain resolved in my commitment to running an open and honest campaign.”