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In deciding yesterday to harshly condemn Sen. Larry Craig, Mitt Romney surely was motivated in large part by wanting to distance himself nationally from the man who had served as co-chairman of Romney's Idaho leadership team. Also relevant to Romney, though, is how his sharp reaction to Craig is received within Idaho itself -- because the Gem State is playing a disproportionately significant role in his campaign.

Consider: Through the end of June, Romney had received $416,358 in campaign contributions from Idaho residents. That is nearly three-quarters of the total given to all presidential candidates from Idaho, far more than anyone else received: roughly $32,000 for John McCain, $16,000 for Rudy Giuliani, $23,000 for Hillary Clinton, and $23,000 for Barack Obama. To put the figure in further context, Romney's take from Idaho, pop. 1.4 million, exceeds what he brought in from far larger states such as of Pennsylvania (pop. 12.4 million) and New Jersey (pop. 8.7 million) by a ratio of roughly ten times as much contribution-per-capita.

It's not surprising that Romney commands so much support in the state. It borders Utah, the site of Romney's notable success with the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. And a large number of Idahoans belong, like Romney, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- an estimated quarter of the state is Mormon, the second-highest proportion after Utah. In addition to Craig (who is not Mormon), Romney has locked up the support of many leading politicians in the state, including the lieutenant governor, speaker of the House, controller and more than 20 state legislators.

Randy Stapilus, a former editor at the Idaho Statesman and author of several books on Idaho politics, said today that it remains to be seen how Idahoans will react to Romney's strong comments on CNBC yesterday, which included calling reports of Craig's arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom "disgusting" and declaring, "I'm sorry to see that he has fallen short." On the one hand, many Idahoans seem to be skeptical of Craig's denials of any wrongdoing, said Stapilus. But there is a chance that over the longer term, Romney's rapid-fire rejection of the state's senior senator on national television might rankle some, he added.

"Some of [Romney's] people might be wondering, does this create some problems when you have the senior elected official in Idaho being set upon this way," said Stapilus.

--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  |  August 29, 2007; 2:30 PM ET
 
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Okay, what's the fuss over Romney and the Mormons? After a little research, this is what I found of their beliefs. Lions and tigers and Mormons - oh my! Oh, come on people. Heck, I would love to have neighbors like these.

The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Posted by: howellunc | September 21, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Mormon. I haven't made up my mind yet who I will support or vote for. Probably Fred Thompson, but I could change my mind.

Posted by: nauvoosand | August 31, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It is somewhat sad that the majority of the political-related teachings in the Mormon church are all based upon the sacredness of our U.S. Constitution, and instead of the Mormon population recognizing a true constitutionalist (see Ron Paul), they just jump on the Romney bandwagon (who is as far away from supporting Constitutional principles as any other current politician).

Posted by: jadams_frc | August 31, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

How are fools who don't vote for somebody because of their religion any better than fools who vote for somebody because of their religion? One is prejudicial, the other is assumptive. Which is worse?

Posted by: adamantiumone | August 30, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

P.S. If Mitt's heavy dose of Mormon cash becomes a bigger issue, how much will the church-state issue and the stellar example of theocratic politics in Utah and parts of Idaho become a focus and weigh down his campaign. Will there be a reversal of Mormonistic dominance in Republican politics in these Parts? Gov Huntsman, R-Utah endorses McCain, btw., and doesn't seem to like Romney's candidacy.

Posted by: buhlerlaw7 | August 30, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The one
Posted by: sfilutze | August 29, 2007 04:10 PM
made me laugh out loud. Trenchant analysis by sfilutze. As a card carrying Jack Mormon conceived of in Idaho, with many Idaho relatives and roots, I appreciate and agree with his point and add that ignorant devotion to religious leaders in the political realm is rampant, pervuasive, almost universal and seemingly eternal and is one of the great sources of poisonous and violent politics. See world history.

Posted by: buhlerlaw7 | August 30, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

In a business sense, MITT is a dog when the BCG Growth - Share Matrix is implemented.

Dogs, or more charitably called pets, are units with low market share in a mature, slow-growing industry. These units typically "break even", generating barely enough cash to maintain the business's market share. Though owning a break-even unit provides the social benefit of providing jobs and possible synergies that assist other business units, from an accounting point of view such a unit is worthless, not generating cash for the company. They depress a profitable company's return on assets ratio, used by many investors to judge how well a company is being managed. Dogs, it is thought, should be sold off.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | August 29, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I surmise that Larry Craig, a Methodist, was influenced by the Methodists' recent vote to not de-frock a homosexual minister.

Posted by: bot1 | August 29, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The same thing will happen in Idaho as happened in Montana. A new Western Democrat like Jon Tester will win because Idahoans are tired of the divisive, hate mongering of the wing-nut right and the phony moralist evangelicals. The more the Mormons back him, the more the rest of the country will squirm away. We've seen what happens when you vote based on religion and not governance. Time to throw the hypocrites out of Washington.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 29, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh my yes, the good old GOPERS and Majority MORMON religious sheep are all giddy over MITT! They have paraded him around Idaho Falls, with our LDS, Republican Mayor drooling all over him telling everyone "Idaho is for Mitt", excuse me but unless you have a mouse in your pocket you speak for nobody but yourself dear mayor.
They of course are having big political rallies for him and all his cronies businessmen friends are hanging all over hoping for a hand shake and picture with their hero. I tell you it's just MITT, MITT, MITT.
These are the same people that think LARRY CRAIG is straight! Never ceases to amaze me how like sheep these people are, if Hinckley or the Bishop or another Republican tells you something, it's gospel, anyone else, they are dirty scumbag liars!
That's how it works here, thankfully more people are moving in from other states and we the minority peons are hoping we can have a voice someday, until then we will continue watching the love fest, Larry won't be invited though, they don't have an extra stall for him.

Posted by: sfilutze | August 29, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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