Saw the piece by DC reporter Erika Bolstad in the Idaho Statesman today regarding the National GOP's proposed targeting of Walt Minnick....hmm.
I'm thinking that shy of a dozen or so people in Idaho, I have some of the best political history and experience to wade into the waters to discuss the issue of running against any sitting Democrat, currently occupying the 1st CD. Almost a decade ago I ran for that seat. In the almost 20 years that I've been in Idaho politics, I've run races, run propositions, run a referendum, helped folks with whom I have not had a 100% agreement...on and on.
So, what I have to say may have some weight.
Let Congressman Minnick alone. Let the man do his job. Even the Dems didn't wade into Bill Sali's race until the election year...
My goodness, that '08 election year is almost tucked away in the history books ( ask Minnesota's Al Franken...) and the National GOP is already quaking the ground around us? C'mon...Idaho's 1st CD elected Walt, just as they previously elected my close friend, Bill Sali - two years prior.
Did I support Bill in his Congressional re-election campaing? Yes, of course I did. But Walt won. Idaho wanted Walt. I wish Bill would serve the people of Idaho again one day.
I know what it's like to lose this type of election. Idaho wanted Butch Otter in 2000...and we got a darn good Congressman. Let Walt Minnick prove himself for Idaho.
If he doesn't represent Idaho, then Idahoans will speak their mind in 2010. They'll always be a gaggle of GOPers who will run for that seat.
But for right now, honor the man and let him honor us, don't you think?