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Tue., Sept. 16, 2008, 10:22 p.m.

Idaho candidates tout cross-party support

Both candidates for North Idaho’s seat in Congress are now saying party labels don’t really matter, after Democrat Walt Minnick released a list of 60 “Republicans for Minnick” and GOP incumbent Bill Sali named a Democratic county commissioner as one of his campaign co-chairmen. “We hear from people all the time who are loyal Democrats, don’t like Walt Minnick, don’t like his position on issues and find they have more support on the things they care about from Bill,” said Sali’s campaign spokesman, Wayne Hoffman. The Sali campaign has named only Benewah County Commissioner Jack Buell; Hoffman said other Democratic supporters didn’t want to be named. Minnick’s cross-party supporter list includes prominent business leaders, former GOP elected officials and longtime party loyalists. You can read my full story here at, and here’s a link to Minnick’s list.

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