Democrat Richard Stallings Mounts Congressional Bid

2014-03-15T02:00:00Z Democrat Richard Stallings Mounts Congressional BidBy Kimberlee Kruesi - kkruesi@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

BOISE • Former U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings will once again seek Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

Stallings held the post for four terms as a Democrat from 1984 to 1992. Following that, he ran for U.S. Senate but lost against Republican Dirk Kempthorne, a two-term mayor from Boise.

Stallings is the only Democrat to file for the second congressional race. He will face either GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson or first-time runner Bryan Smith in the November general election, depending on the outcome of May’s GOP primary.

Stallings said his experience working on both sides of the aisle will be appeal to moderates tired of Congress’ failure to move things forward.

“When I was in Congress, the place ran very well,” Stallings said. “It’s not like that now. Plus, we have an Idaho delegation that does nothing.”

Stallings attempted to win back the seat in 1998 but was defeated by Simpson in the general election. Since then, he has served as the chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party and served on the Pocatello City Council.

The campaign will be tough, Stallings said. Both Simpson and Smith have strong support from large political action committees.

“I have no allusions that this will be an easy campaign,” Stallings said.

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  1. nicholebell
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    nicholebell - March 16, 2014 12:01 pm
    Ramsey...please, don't say negative things about the Holy and Beloved Saviour Ronald Reagan. He made no mistakes, he worked miracles. He brought nothing but goodness and light to the nation. And all those lies he told? The laws he broke? The ASTOUNDING number of people in his administration that ran afoul of the law? The huge amount of tax increases with his name on 'em? Pah! Unimportant. Facts and reality have little meaning to the crop fo people populating the failed Republican Party. Getting elected, making money and duping the ninny Republicans to vote for 'em so they can continue the cycle are all the matter to them (and to the failed D's and their ninny's, to be honest). Phillyfanatic and Hawk's view both engage in the verbal silliness of the ninny followers...I hope that at least they get a tote bag out of it.
  2. SKC_ID
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    SKC_ID - March 15, 2014 11:10 pm
    The best thing that could ever happen to our state, and the whole country for that matter, would be a complete "lib Dem" take over.
  3. Ramsey
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    Ramsey - March 15, 2014 7:55 pm
    You listen to LOTS of talk radio, don't ya, "patriot?"
  4. phillyfanatic
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    phillyfanatic - March 15, 2014 4:02 pm
    Ah just what Idaho and the USA needs: another lib Dem, lying about being a moderate, who will simply prop up every Obama scenario coming down the pike. Please: no more Dems. The nation cannot afford any of them domestically or internationally.
  5. Ramsey
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    Ramsey - March 15, 2014 11:29 am
    Please remember, the holy Ronald Reagan wouldn't have been pro-gun enough for the latest crop of whackos that constitute the far right in this country.
  6. Hawk's view
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    Hawk's view - March 15, 2014 8:29 am
    Please remember, the last pro-gun Democrat was Andrew Jackson. The others that claim it are liars.

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