IACI picks Brackett in Idaho GOP incumbent primary

IACI picks Brackett in Idaho GOP incumbent primary

Credit: Idaho Legislature

Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Updated Monday, May 7 at 10:41 AM

BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry is spending thousands to help its chosen candidate win in a primary between two southern Idaho Republican incumbents.

The pro-business group's political action committee reported $5,500 in independent expenditures to support Sen. Bert Brackett of Rogerson over Sen. Tim Corder of Mountain Home.

IACI president Alex LaBeau said Friday his group distributed thousands of pro-Brackett flyers featuring praise from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The reason Otter agreed to pitch in to oust Corder appears clear.

Corder opposed the governor's coveted $35 million income tax cut during the 2012 session, Brackett supported it.

LaBeau says he plans additional expenditures to help Brackett before May 15's primary.

In choosing sides, IACI is resurrecting its 2008 fight with Corder.

That backfired, however, when Corder won easily.

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