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Idaho GOP disses Minnick gas sale; 350 motorists save

The Idaho Republican Party has issued a press release criticizing Democratic congressional candidate Walt Minnick’s campaign event today, at which Minnick made up the difference to allow motorists to buy gas at a Boise Chevron station for $2.26 a gallon, instead of the posted $3.59. “This was a clever way to generate publicity for his campaign, but it does nothing to bring down the price of gas,” said GOP Executive Director Sid Smith. “Republicans in Congress, including Idaho’s Congressional delegation, have been working for real, comprehensive solutions to address the root of our energy problems.” Smith said that should include increasing oil supplies through domestic drilling and more refineries; click below to read the full GOP press release.

Meanwhile, Minnick reported that about 350 vehicles came through his gas sale in about 90 minutes – those who were in line when the hour-long sale ended still were allowed to fill up – and the motorists purchased 3,230 gallons of fuel and saved $4,259. The campaign said in a press release, “The event cost the Minnick campaign slightly more than it cost a political action committee to buy just four tickets to today’s Bill Sali fundraiser in Washington, D.C.” Sali’s fundraiser was with representatives of the oil and gas industry.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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