Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Yes, It Was a Stunt

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2008 at 4:00 AM

First District Congressional candidate Walt Minnick spent his morning at the gas pumps.

Now, the Idaho State Republican Party is crying foul, calling Minnick's campaign stunt, well, a stunt.

Minnick took over the Chevron station at the corner of Cole and Ustick for one hour this morning, offering gas for $2.26 per gallon, with the campaign picking up the $1.33 per gallon difference.

The station ended up filling tanks for an extra half hour, and roughly 350 drivers took advantage of the offer.

The 90-minutes cost the campaign $4,259.

Minnick said the event was in protest to U.S. Rep. Bill Sali's $1,000-per-plate, fund-raising lunch with oil and gas industry lobbyists.

Republicans though, were not amused.

"This was a clever way to generate publicity for his campaign, but it does nothing to bring down the price of gas,” said state Republican Party executive director Sid Smith in a written statement.

The event is a vivid example of just how willing Minnick is to spend money.

He's leading Sali in the fundraising race, thanks in no small part to his business connections and his own deep pockets.

While Sali has been stepping up his own fund-raising efforts, his cash situation is the subject of speculation.

Most recently, word came out that Sali's campaign consultant is still owed more than $76,000, and is working on a cash only basis.

No word yet on how much Sali's luncheon took in.

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