Friday, August 5, 2005

'Heavy-hitting Democrats' to hold fund-raiser for Brady

Express Staff Writer

A fund-raiser for Jerry Brady, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, will be held at Ambassador Alan Blinken's home in Ketchum on Thursday, Aug. 11.

All registered Blaine County Democrats have been invited to the event, which will be attended by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. The price of admission is $250 per individual or $400 for couples.

"There are going to be some heavy-hitting Democrats," said Betty Murphy, chair of the Blaine County Democrats.

Murphy said about 450 invitations have been sent by mail, and another 100 have been e-mailed. She's optimistic there will be a large turnout to support Brady's campaign, but she admits it's still a bit early in the game.

"It's not the election year, so I don't think the fire is in the belly yet," she said. "But we're hopeful."

Brady, a fourth-generation Idahoan and former publisher of the Post Register in Idaho Falls, ran against unsuccessfully against Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, the incumbent, in 2002, garnering 42 percent of the vote. He did edge out Kempthorne in Ada County, home to Idaho's largest electorate. In 1998, Kempthorne beat Democratic candidate Robert Huntley with 67 percent of the vote.

Brady's counterpart in 2006 is Republican candidate C.L. "Butch" Otter, who's currently serving his second term in Congress representing Idaho's 1st District.

Brady, a resident of Idaho Falls, is the owner, president and former publisher of the Post Register newspaper. Seven years ago he started transferring company stock to his employees—they now own about half of the company.

"He's a good guy," said Murphy, who worked closely with Brady during the 2002 campaign. "Newspaper people tend to be honest and straight-forward and tell it like it is. He didn't play any dirty tricks, or run a smear campaign (in 2002). He kept it very clean and honest."

Murphy said Otter is a tough foe.

"He's a strong candidate and well financed," she said.

Democratic Reception

A reception for Jerry Brady, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 114 Old Mill Road in Ketchum. The event costs $250 for an individual or $400 for couples. For more information, call 726-6590. Contributions can be sent to Jerry Brady for Idaho, P.O. Box 2968, Ketchum, Idaho, 83353.

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