While strolling across downtown Boise in the crisp fall sunshine a few minutes ago, I ran into none other than former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali. Of course, I had to ask him: Is he running again for his old seat in Idaho’s 1st District? “Stay tuned,” Sali responded. Asked how long I should stay tuned, Sali was non-committal, saying until he decides one way or another. As he tried to get in his car and drive away, I asked him why, if he’s still considering running, he raised no campaign funds in the last quarter. “If I don’t run, I don’t want to have to give it back to people and go through all that mess,” Sali responded. “When I’m running, I should raise money, and when I am not, I shouldn’t. That’s the honorable thing.” When I asked him what he plans to do about his remaining campaign debt, which is over $100,000, Sali responded again, “Stay tuned.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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