Beyond Soundbites & Stump Speeches

April 19

This past Saturday, nearly forty people gathered in a small banquet room in downtown Boise to hear the three leading candidates for Governor share their hearts and attempt to win their votes and their influence.

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho had the opportunity to host this private forum where all of the candidates from both parties were invited—yet only three showed. Congressman Raul Labrador began the morning, followed by Dr. Tommy Ahlquist and concluding with Lt. Governor Brad Little.  Each leader answered a questionnaire in advance and then took part in a 30-minute interview with me at the forum, where local friends in attendance could also ask their own questions.

It was a great opportunity to get beyond the soundbites and stump speeches.

Our questionnaire and interview focused on the issues you care most about—family, life, parental rights, educational choice, privacy and how to handle Boise’s (and Idaho’s) rapid growth from “out-of-staters” moving in to enjoy our hospitality, scenery, low taxes and job opportunities.

We began the discussion by asking the candidates a foundational question:; “Does moral prosperity lead to fiscal prosperity or vice versa?”

What do you think?

At Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and within the alliance across the nation, we hold that a firm moral foundation—held in common by the majority of citizens—is required for financial prosperity to be possible.

Each candidate agreed.

And when it came to the moral questions we asked, each candidate answered very similarly.

  • All are for life from conception to natural death and will use the governor’s platform to advance a culture of life in Idaho, with some subtle differences concerning the issues of “rape and incest.”
  • All affirmed marriage is between one man and one women and that parents have the right to direct the upbringing of their children according to the dictates of their consciences.
  • All affirmed educational opportunity—yet differed on the details of whether to permit the use of tuition tax credits or educational savings accounts for use in charter and private schools as well as for home-schoolers.
  • All affirmed children’s right to privacy with respect to not permitting transgender persons in restrooms and locker rooms with the opposite sex, nor on sports teams.
  • All will stand for the rights of Christian business owners to select whom they do business with.
  • And, above all, each candidate stated they will veto legislation that “adds the words” related to sexual orientation and gender identity into state law.

So, how are Idahoans to decide?  In a word, prayerfully.

As the prophet Jeremiah proclaims: “But seek the welfare if the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jer. 29:7) and that includes being in prayer for our leaders.

Over the next few prayerful weeks, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will also be making important decisions on the governor’s race, based on the distinctions in leadership style, positions on the issues and our evaluation of which candidate will actually champion your issues if elected.

And, if you would, please continue to support Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. Without your sacrificial gifts, we cannot host these forums nor represent you and your family in Boise to hold these leaders accountable.

Standing for the family of believers,

Paul Weber
President & CEO