It wasn't easy for U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson to bury the hatchet Saturday and warmly endorse state Rep. Bill Sali to join him in Congress. But Simpson's graceful gesture toward his former foe was the signature moment of the Idaho GOP convention. Sali had a golden opportunity to reciprocate. He blew it. Simpson stole the show by calling Sali and his wife to the podium for a grasped-hands-in-the-air photo op. Rather than join the unity fest engineered by the elegant GOP chairman, Kirk Sullivan, Sali, R-Kuna, snubbed those who embraced him. Less than an hour after Simpson's good deed, Sali voted to mark with a scarlet letter any Republican who differs with a word in the party platform.
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Question: Unquestionably, state Rep. Bill Sali, R-Kuna, is not the equal of Democrat Larry Grant in this fall's congressional race. Which leaves Republicans with a difficult choice. Do you support someone who'll embarrass the state? Or do you support the better candidate?