Superintendent in Dem campaign ad has never voted
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s latest television advertisement features a Republican school superintendent explaining he’s planning to vote outside his party for the first time.
However, voting records show that the superintendent has never voted in an Idaho election for the five years he’s lived in the state.
A.J. Balukoff’s campaign first aired the statewide commercial Oct. 4 featuring south-central Idaho’s Shoshone School District Superintendent Rob Waite.
According to Idaho voting records, Waite first registered as a Republican to vote in Idaho in June and has never voted in the state.
Waite moved to Idaho from Oregon in 2011. Oregon voting records show the superintendent registered as a Republican in 1998 and voted in 16 of past 20 elections.
Balukoff’s campaign spokesman Mike Lanza says they knew about Waite’s voting history.