Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo sent out the following statement:
“President-elect Obama has brought a lot of energy into the political process, and his election is historic,” Crapo said. “As we face the significant challenges in our financial markets and economic outlook, I look forward to working with him and the new Congress. Idaho’s congressional delegation has changed as well, and I welcome Jim Risch and Walt Minnick to Congress. Senator-elect Risch and I have a long association that dates back to the Idaho State Senate, and we will work well together in representing Idaho in the U.S. Senate. I have also spoken privately with Congressman Sali, offered my gratitude for his service to Idaho and our continued friendship. And earlier today, I visited with Congressman-elect Minnick by phone and have assured him of my strong commitment to welcome him to the Delegation as we address the issues confronting Idaho and the nation. I have long practiced an open door, bipartisan approach and that will continue as Walt becomes a member of the Idaho congressional delegation."