Ybarra fails to back up JFAC endorsement claims

Republican state superintendent hopeful Sherri Ybarra’s campaign has been unable to back up endorsement claims Ybarra made in the course of a debate televised statewide Tuesday night.

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Sherri Ybarra

Ybarra, running towards Democrat Jana Jones in the race to succeed Tom Luna, claimed Tuesday that she has the “support of the bulk of JFAC, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that offers with finances, that is behind me each stage of the way…”

Jones quickly challenged Ybarra’s claim. “I know that Sherri hasn’t talked to all of JFAC. To say she has the assistance of JFAC is most likely, to me, it’s inappropriate. She might have talked to personal members and have their assistance, but not the help of JFAC as an whole committee.”

Ybarra’s response: “They are listed on my site, and they most definitely do help me.”

Ybarra’s internet site lists endorsements from 16 of the state’s 105 legislators, and just two lawmakers on the effective twenty-member budget-setting committee – Rep. Maxine Bell, a Republican JFAC co-chair from Jerome, and Sen. Shawn Keough, a Republican vice chair from Sandpoint.

Idaho Schooling Information requested an interview with Ybarra to clarify her statements. Her campaign rather referred Idaho Education Information to the listing of endorsements on her site. The campaign later on sent an e mail claiming endorsements from 5 other JFAC members: Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, JFAC’s co-chair Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston and Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls.

This implies, by the campaign’s personal count, Ybarra has formal backing from only seven of twenty JFAC members — and only 7 of the committee’s sixteen Republicans.

Ybarra can accurately claim help from the committee’s two strong chairs, Bell and Cameron.

“As superintendent, I think (Ybarra) provides me the greatest likelihood to get as significantly money for training as achievable,” Cameron informed Idaho Education Information Wednesday.

One more Ybarra claim from Tuesday’s debate fails to hold up. “I have support of the bulk of the legislators and I will be a champion in functioning alongside them.”

Based on the endorsements listed on her web site, and the endorsements subsequently emailed to Idaho Education Information, Ybarra has help of 23 of 105 legislators. A 24th lawmaker, Home Income and Taxation Committee Chairman Gary Collins, R-Nampa, has contributed to the Ybarra campaign. But even at that, 24 lawmakers represent less than one particular-fourth of the Legislature, and barely 1-fourth of the 85 Republicans in the Legislature. (The complete checklist of endorsements appears at the conclusion of this write-up.)

Additional Republicans might nicely assistance Ybarra – and very likely do – but their names did not seem on paperwork the campaign offered soon after Ybarra’s debate claims had been called into question.

In August, yet another 1 of Ybarra’s claims of help was referred to as into query. Ybarra wrongly identified GOP main rival Randy Jensen on her website as a supporter. Ybarra later on removed Jensen’s name from her endorsement record.

Click here to observe Tuesday’s entire hour-long debate amongst Ybarra and Jones via Idaho Public Tv.

Ybarra’s endorsements

  • Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, Rexburg.
  • Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, Idaho Falls.
  • Senator Assistant Bulk Leader Chuck Winder, Boise.
  • Sen. Cliff Bayer, Boise.
  • Sen. Bert Brackett, Rogerson,
  • Sen. Dean Cameron, Rupert.
  • Sen. Dan Johnson, Lewiston.
  • Sen. Shawn Keough, Sandpoint.
  • Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, Huston.
  • Sen. Jim Patrick, Twin Falls.
  • Sen. Jim Rice, Caldwell.
  • Sen. Steven Thayn, Emmett.
  • Property Speaker Scott Bedke, Oakley.
  • Property Majority Leader Mike Moyle, Star.
  • Residence Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, Nampa.
  • Residence Bulk Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude, Nampa.
  • Rep. Maxine Bell, Jerome.
  • Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, Eagle.
  • Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Twin Falls.
  • Rep. Wendy Horman, Idaho Falls.
  • Rep. Kelley Packer, McCammon.
  • Rep. Jeff Thompson, Idaho Falls.
  • Rep. Julie VanOrden, Pingree.

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