Here's the rundown for today in Idaho's 1st Congressional District race.
6 p.m. update
- Suggests apologies all around and maybe some spell checking in "Bill Sali: Right And Wrong" - Bubblehead
- New poll showing Minnick with a lead in "ID-Sen, ID-01: Risch Ahead by 12, Minnick Up by 7" - Swing State Project
- IDP Executive Director Jim Hansen responds to flier detailing Sali's past financial failures which inadvertently displayed SSN's in "Statement on Sali flier" - Idaho Democratic Party
- Seems there's a contest of some sort in "Bill Sali campaign slogan contest!" - Red State Rebels
- Commentary and links to other flier reaction in "Is a politician's Social Security number any of my business?" - Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman (this addition was inadvertently left off the original 6 pm posting)
- "Democratic candidate Walt Minnick leads Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Sali by a seven-to-five margin in one of the most telling polls of Idaho's 1st Congressional District race: a tally of the two rivals' personal firearms" in "Uzis, howitzers pop up in Idaho campaign" - John Miller, AP via Idaho Press-Tribune
- Finally move the race to "no clear favorite" after holding at a tenuous "leans Republican" for weeks in "Manner, More Than Ideology, Puts GOP’s Sali in Tossup Idaho Race" - CQ Politics
"It is hard to envision that Sali’s problems in this election are mainly a matter of his strongly conservative views. They should, in fact, be among his political strengths. ... It is the way Sali has addressed his views, and his overall demeanor, that appear to be the cause of the problems he has had in congressional politics."
- More on financial issues plus a family comes forward with unpaid checks signed by Sali returned for insufficient funds in "Sali, Minnick trade barbs, issue defenses over their financial pasts" - Idaho Statesman
- Sali cries foul over Dem party fliers detailing past financial failures in "Sali upset about Democratic flier with his Social Security number" - Boise NBC affiliate KTVB
- The race makes the list of most competitive races in the Mountain states in "Election Night Primer: FOX News' Guide to Competitive Congressional Races" - FOX News
"Idaho is solid Republican territory. So it should be a cakewalk for freshman Republican Rep. Bill Sali? Hardly. Sali isn't popular among many Republicans, including the man he succeeded in the House, Republican Gov. Butch Otter, and the state's other congressman, Rep. Mike Simpson. And he failed to raise as much money as his Democratic challenger, Democrat Walt Minnick. One Republican characterized Sali's fundraising efforts as "lazy." Sali won election with a hair more than 50 percent of the vote last time around. A big McCain victory is Idaho could help, but it might not be enough as this race is tightening."
- Dissecting recent ads in "'Blizzard of attack ads' in Idaho race" - Spokesman-Review via Eye on Boise
"Sali’s ad, which offers no claims about incumbent Sali himself, closes with, 'The real Walt Minnick – a Washington liberal,' despite the fact that the last time Minnick, a former Republican, worked in Washington, D.C. it was for the Nixon White House."
- Photoshopping fun and more in "Sali didn't report oil company contributions properly?" - the unequivocal notion
- Speaking of ads, what's up with that DCCC "Strange Ideas" ad? Does the DCCC really think anyone in Idaho is buying that 23% sales tax line? Nice that the DCCC is showing an interest in this seat but if they are going to spend money in the 1st CD, least they could do is consult with someone here first. That ad is simply tossing money out the window.
Fact of the day
Bill Sali on Budget & Economy (from On The Issues)
- Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
- Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
- Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Sali quote of the day
"If [House Oversight Committee Chairman] Henry Waxman was interested in doing more than just showboat, we'd be there in a heartbeat. It's political grandstanding." — spokesman Wayne Hoffman explaining why Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) was absent from congressional oversight hearings into the financial crisis where, among other things, it was learned that AIG executives indulged in a lavish retreat a week after the bailout.