Tuesday, October 14, 2008

State’s largest newspaper endorses Walt

By John Foster - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 06:53 AM

The Idaho Statesman on Sunday endorsed Walt Minnick in the race for the seat representing Idaho’s First District in the U.S. Congress.

From the editorial:
“Bill Sali’s command of the issues has matured over the past two years. But Sali has not matured into the job of representing Idaho in Congress. The Republican’s political instinct is to pander to his constituency’s fringes - even when the situation demands statesmanship and problem-solving. After a turbulent term in Congress, following a contentious 16 years in the Legislature, we’re convinced Sali is unable or unwilling to change. Democratic candidate Walt Minnick has the intelligence, the temperament and the rich life experience needed to change the tone of the dialogue. Minnick is best suited to represent Idaho in a time of economic tumult and global uncertainty, and earns our endorsement in the Nov. 4 election.”

The editorial also says:
“In an editorial board interview Monday, Sali made a reasoned argument against the financial markets bill, both the product and the process. ‘For crying out loud, we had two mind-bogglingly complex pieces of legislation that never had even one second of committee hearing time.’ Yet Sali skipped - and, through spokesman Wayne Hoffman, dismissed as “political grandstanding” - committee hearings into the troubled American International Group Inc. and Lehman Brothers.”

Click here to read the full editorial.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A day at the gun range

By John Foster - Monday, October 13, 2008 at 08:19 PM

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Minnick statement on Micron layoff

By John Foster - Thursday, October 09, 2008 at 11:28 PM

For immediate release

BOISE - Walt Minnick today issued the following statement on the news of Micron laying off workers at its Boise facility:

“We have all felt the impact of the current economic crisis in one way or another, but the news today is a stark and painful indication of the tough days yet to come. Unfortunately, as our economy deteriorated politicians in Washington, D.C. were asleep on the job, and did not take their oversight responsibilities seriously. And now their failure to watch over our economy has hit hard one of Idaho’s best companies. It’s high time for some business sense and more Idaho common sense in Congress so we can get our economy back on track and create new jobs for all those who lost theirs today.”

For more information or to interview Walt, please call the number below.
John M. Foster
Communications Director
Minnick for Congress
208.559.3547 (c)

Monday, October 06, 2008

New ad from Walt Minnick for Congress

By John Foster - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 07:29 PM

The ad features five Idaho Republicans talking about why they have chosen to support Walt Minnick instead of Bill Sali.

• The Hon. Vern Bisterfeldt is a retired Boise City Police officer, and as a Republican served multiple terms as an Ada County Commissioner. He is now a Boise City Councilor.

• Pat Pettiette is a former vice president at Washington Group International, and served as the manager for a U.S. Department of Energy project. He is a past donor to President George Bush and U.S. Senator Mike Crapo.

• J. Walter Sinclair is a prominent Idaho attorney. He is a past donor to the National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as to the campaigns of then-U.S. Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, Congressman Mike Simpson and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

• Lt. Gen. James Thompson (U.S. Army, Ret.) commanded forces in the Middle East before retiring to serve as chief of staff for three consecutive mayors of Boise, all of them Republicans.

• Marilyn Locander is a third-generation Idaho Republican, a current or past board member for a host of non-profit organizations in southern Idaho, and has served as a treasurer for a Republican legislative campaign.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing?

By John Foster - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 09:16 AM

(For more on the title of this post, click here.)

Yesterday the Idaho Statesman released its voter guide. You can see the online version here. The print version in Sunday’s newspaper included snippets from recent endorsement interviews. Both Walt and Sali were asked: “What has been a turning point or a challenge in your adult life?” Walt talked about the day he resigned in protest from the Nixon White House during the Watergate scandal because the president had fired the Attorney General. Sali? Well, I’ll let him speak for himself on THE turning point in his adult life:

Bill Sali was assigned a book report in the fourth grade. Uncharacteristically, he blew it off. “I procrastinated,” Sali said. “When I didn’t get it done, I took an F.” It was the first and last ‘F’ Sali ever got, and it became a transforming experience for the future congressman. From that point on he always was a good student, and while he acknowledged that he dropped some classes in college because he took on too much class load, he never again failed. “It changed my focus,” Sali said in a telephone interview. “It was a turning point for me because I knew I had to be serious about things.”

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