FreedomWorks endorses Boehner ally's primary opponent

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"Bryan Smith is a strong fiscal conservative with close ties to the grassroots all across his district. He is not a career politician," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe says in the endorsement. "Smith will be a roadblock for either party that tries to continue to spend us into a more debt.  Idahoans need a strong voice in Congress, and Bryan Smith is their man."

FreedomWorks is the second major group to lend Smith their support — the deep-pocketed Club for Growth is also backing him.

Simpson has faced conservative opposition in the past, though this is the first time he's had to deal with a well-funded challenger. He isn't without allies, however. Boehner has already helped him with fundraising, and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) has helped him as well.