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Jorgenson falls in bid for 4th term

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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The quest for a fourth term as District 3 senator ended Tuesday for Mike Jorgenson. He went down swinging.

"Personally, I think this election is not about the candidates but about Phil Hart trying to take over the [Republican] party," Jorgenson said during a phone interview Tuesday night. At the time of the interview, the Kootenai County elections department Web site showed Jorgenson with a lead over his challenger, Steve Vick. "The fact of the matter is that the opponents we all have in the five northern counties were recruited by Phil Hart and company."

Hart is the unopposed Republican representative holding the District 3 Position B seat. A former Constitution Party member, Hart has earned both criticism and hero status for refusing to pay federal taxes for years. He is making restitution to the IRS. Hart also served as a delegate for Ron Paul at the national convention."If voters elect Steve Vick and Vito Barbieri," Jorgenson said, "they have just aided and abetted Phil Hart."

Vick captured 59.5 percent of the vote, beating Jorgenson 3,132-2,132. Owner of Vick Homes, he served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives and has lived in Dalton Gardens for five years.He acknowledged Tuesday night that Hart did influence his political aspirations here.

"I've made no secret of the fact that Phil recruited me to run," he said, adding that he has known Hart for about three years. Vick said Hart and retiring Rep. Jim Clark were both interested in "getting Jorgenson out of that senate seat. They said he was very, very difficult to work with."Vick's campaign focused on job creation, tax policies and the intrusion of federal government into individuals' lives. Vick, 54, is married and has four children. He is active with Real Life Ministries and serves as head basketball coach at Christian Center High School in Hayden.

"I just thank God I had all the help I had," Vick said from his home, where he watched the results come in Tuesday night with around 50 friends and family members. "I got outspent, I think, 3 to 1, but I had a ton of volunteers who got out and worked, and worked hard. It must have been the difference."He credited Hart and Clark's support for spring boarding his campaign, his first in Idaho, to a victory over the incumbent.

"They're very well respected here," he said. "It's very gratifying to me to see all the people willing to step up and help me."

Managing editor Mike Patrick contributed to this story.

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  • ranger posted at 10:37 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    ranger Posts: 215

    Jorgenson was going to go down regardless of his view on immigration and regardless of what Phil Hart was doing or not doing.

    Jorgenson was on the wrong side of too many issues, he was banking that immigration was going to save him this election. As an example Jorgenson was always slobbering over the Coeur d’Alene tribe. Jorgenson had little to no understanding of Federal Indian Policy, and yet was always counter the state and local citizenry interest on that issue.

    As for Phil Hart he is no constitutionalist he is a libertarian. Just playing the tax protesting card does not make one a conservative. Note to Phil, the tax protestor crutch is getting old and the stink of Labrador will catch up with you.

  • IdahoPatriot posted at 3:09 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    IdahoPatriot Posts: 32

    Labrador and Hart cannot be trusted...they have proven it by writing immigration legislation that is not worth the paper it is printed on!!! They are working with J. Brent Olmstead, the Dairymen's lobbyist.

    Olmstead, Labrador and Hart think they have created a template to stop any solid immigration enforcement legislation across the USA--that being: offering bogus enforcement bills and pretending they have done something while forcing pro-amnesty legislators to kill real enforcement legislation such as the one written for Senator Jorgenson by the author of the AZ law, Chris Kobuch.

  • IdahoPatriot posted at 2:55 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    IdahoPatriot Posts: 32

    I am no GOPer!!!

    I intend to work for Minnick's re-election. He can be reasoned with. Labrador has told more whoppers about his record on immigration issues in this campaign than a horse has flies.

  • milburnschmidt posted at 2:32 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1161

    I feel sorry for the Democrats who rail about republicans ruining Idaho so a Democrat from Brooklyn New York who has never been here runs for the Idaho senate seat. He lost maybe next time they can get Hillary Clinton she has more testosterone than many of the candidates I have seen lately and thats not saying much. Perhaps some of the complainers should beat feet to run instead of running their jaws. I think both parties need their clocks cleaned.

  • The Truth posted at 10:26 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    The Truth Posts: 2193

    Ah, the GOP circular firing squad is in fine shape.

  • skeptical posted at 10:02 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    skeptical Posts: 57

    The people who voted to oust Senator Jorgenson need to really think about what they have done. First of all, they voted out one of the best legislators this state has ever had. Every bit of legislation he has supported has been for the people of Idaho. Just take a look at his voting record. Some may be on this frenzy to boot out all of the imcumbents, but in the process, they are getting rid of the good ones we need to keep. I have no doubt that Hart and his crew enlisted votes for Vick by telling lies and smearing a good man, but his turn will come and he will pay for this. For those of you who think this was a good thing, tell me that after this state gets overrun with illegal aliens criminals because Senator Jorgenson was the only one who would've stood up for you on this issue. There will be no legislation in Boise without Senator Jorgenson, so when your neighborhoods start seeing more crime and your taxes continue to increase over and above the $200 million we already pay for illegals in this state, maybe you'll wake up to the facts.

  • IdahoPatriot posted at 9:10 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    IdahoPatriot Posts: 32

    Hart is in the pocket of the Idaho Dairymen and IACC and he supports illegal immigration in this state. That is the plain and simple reason Senator Jorgenson was targeted.
    Hart put forth a bill two legislative sessions ago that would have gotten the state of Idaho sued because he attempted to change federal immigration law and he knew it would not withstand a court challenge. It was unConstitutional.
    Last session he put forth a sham bill with no enforcement mechanism whatsoever and tried along with J. Brent Olmstead & Raul Labrador to say it would reverse and stop illegal immigration in this state.
    All of you Hart supporters better open your eyes to why Senator Jorgenson was taken down and it is about keeping this state beholden to special interests who are forcing you and I, the taxpayers to pay for the social costs of illegal alien slave labor.
    Now that Senator Jorgenson is out, targeted by Hart and the Dairy, Ag and construction industries in this state, Idaho has no one to push the AZ bill with strict enforcement of federal immigration law in this state.
    I assume all of you Hart supporters support paying over $200 million per year in taxes to support Hart's special interests?

  • will-- posted at 7:54 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    will-- Posts: 938

    The voters have spoken!, maybe now we can get some meaningful immigration reform.

  • straight up posted at 6:34 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    straight up Posts: 939

    Uhh, Senator. You lost.

    It doesn't matter where your opponent originated from, he whupped you, not Phil Hart.

    Your bitter comments show a man more committed to the Republican Party than to the people. It is this party above all else mentality that will take down many more career politicians in droves this year.

    Until elected officials "get it", they will be going down. The people want their government back. They want the blind loyalty to the party at the expense of the common citizen to stop. It is not, party first, it is citizens first. This applies to all incumbents, both Republican and Democrat. We don't give a flip about the party. We just want you spending your salary time on us, not your party.

    Mr. Vick, pay attention to this. Be a solid elective representative, a public servant and you will do us proud. Become a "party loyalist" or a "Phil Hart loyalist" and you can count the days until the next election where you too will be ousted.

    Congratulations and best of luck to you sir!

  • rollingthunder posted at 6:05 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    rollingthunder Posts: 352

    Jorgenson got the boot as he deserved.

  • Insider posted at 4:50 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    Insider Posts: 360

    Jorgie, note to self...don't sue your own district in an election year. Better yet, don't sue your own district...not all that good to look like a poor sport to file suit over semantics. Take care now. Vick, let's see what you got.

  • circle8 posted at 2:54 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

    circle8 Posts: 8

    I have known Phil Hart for about 14-15 years. When we first met our conversation was centered on business matters regarding his engineering business but politics gave us a common ground. I found him to be level headed and anti big government. That was before president obozo and his attempt to control us from the womb to the tomb. Anyway I supported Phil in his first campaign and I support him today. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Steve Vick. If Phil thinks Steve was worthy of the position his word was enough for my wife and myself to lend our support. I trust Phil as a friend and a representative. I am sure that Steve Vick will be an asset to the citizens of Idaho. Congrats to both. Also iIf Phil is trying to be the guiding force of North Idaho Republican politics then I see a bright future for the GOP.

    Patrick Bonner
    Spirit Lake, Idaho

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