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.

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