BOISE (KTVB/AP) -- The Idaho Democratic Party is criticizing Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other Republican leaders for sending out letters asking lobbyists for campaign donations to seven legislative races where the GOP thinks the party is vulnerable.

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According to the letter dated Sept. 16, first-time Republican candidate Greg Chaney of Caldwell is included in the request for support.

Idaho Democratic Party spokesman Dean Ferguson says Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and House Speaker Scott Bedke should not support a candidate whose criminal history was made public early in the campaign.

In 2009, Chaney was charged with domestic battery for reportedly pushing and shoving his then-wife. He later pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and malicious injury to property.