Candidate for the Democratic nomination for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District Larry Grant today dropped out of the race and threw his support to his opponent Walt Minnick.
Former Gov. Cecil Andrus kicked off downtown Boise press conference by calling Grant “a great American, a great Democrat, a friend of mine.”
Saying “there isn’t ten cents of difference” between his views and Minnick’s, Grant pledged to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Minnick to help beat Republican Congressman Bill Sali.
“My campaign has never been about personal ambition,” said Grant.
“An opportunity for Democrats like this doesn’t come along very often. I don’t want to be standing here in November asking ‘what did we do wrong?’ The objective is to beat Bill Sali.”
Walt Minnick said, “What Larry is doing is truly extraordinary. He’s put his desire to serve in federal office on hold temporarily to do something greater – to put the Democratic party and the people of Idaho first, to remove Bill Sali from office.”
Calling Sali “the most embarrassing and ineffective Congressman we’ve ever had” Minnick gave Grant credit for being “the foremost public spokesman to reveal Bill Sali’s voting record, which is abysmal.”
Grant said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, would invest in the race now that there is no primary. Andrus said, “This will be a targeted race.” Minnick said the DCCC has 60 targeted races which will receive significant support, and his campaign is one of them.
“The Republicans have also identified the race as a seat seriously in peril,” Minnick said. “Both parties see it the same way.”
Minnick said Grant’s “selfless act” was the most important thing that could be done, and that Grant’s “superb” campaign organization has opened doors for a Democrat to win.
Note: Larry Grant is a former executive for Micron, Inc. and Walt Minnick is a former timber executive and Boise businessman.