Thursday, May 8, 2014

KIDK: Faith Enters the Fray in Idaho Secretary of State Race

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

The line between religion and politics got a bit more blurry in the GOP primary race for Idaho secretary of state when each candidate was asked what made him a better candidate than the rest of the field.

In an Idaho Statesman voter guide questionnaire, Evan Frasure made a point of bringing up his Mormon faith and LDS mission work, but pointed to opponent Phil McGrane's Catholicism. This is what he wrote for the Statesman:

"Phil on the other hand, a good Catholic goes to work for Americorp for a year then off to two colleges in Washington earning a degree in philosophy at the University of Washington, hardly the path of a future Republican."

But when an Idaho Falls Post Register editorial took Frasure to task for his comments, the candidate pushed back, saying, "I just said I'd served a mission and that affected my political beliefs, and it did severely."

McGrane told Idaho Falls' KIDK-TV that he was taken aback by the remarks, saying, "I was certainly surprised to see it made an issue in this race."

Frasure told KIDK-TV, "My brother's Catholic, I roomed with a Catholic senator over in Boise, one of my political allies and mentors is Jim Risch, also a fellow Catholic."

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