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Larry Grant Drops Out of Race for Congress, Pledges to Help Minnick
Former Gov. Cecil Andrus, Larry Grant, and Walt Minnick

Larry Grant Drops Out of Race for Congress, Pledges to Help Minnick

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.

About Jill Kuraitis

Jill Kuraitis is an award-winning journalist who specializes in news of Idaho and the Rocky Mountain West. Her B.A. in theatre management is from UC Santa Barbara, and she went on to work in theatre, film, and politics before writing became a career. Kuraitis has two excellent grown children and lives in Boise with her husband of 30 years, abundant backyard wildlife, and two huge hairy dogs.

Comments

  1. GOP TRUTH says:

    Cece and old guard get their way.

    Thanks dems! You forced the stronger candidate out because you are not able to stand up to your has-been leader.

    A happy day for the GOP!

  2. Mike Kennedy says:

    Hey anonymous GOPTruth person – crawl back into your troll hole and go back to defending the indefensible votes of your incumbent.

    Larry Grant did a fine and selfless thing in unifying the Democratic party today, Cecil Andrus still is more popular than any Idahoan alive of either party, and Walt Minnick is going to win this congressional race in November. Take that to the bank, pal.

  3. GOP TRUTH says:

    Larry Grant did nothing by choice. He was forced. I look forward to Jill covering the infighting amongst the D party as much as she does the R party but since she is a Minnick supporter (at least by what she was saying at Thomas Hammer today) it is highly unlikely we will see that kind of coverage from her.

    At least Walt may break 40% this time around.

    Funny thing is, I have no love for Sali. I just am humored when the democrat party eats their own.

    You off work today Mike or using the county’s computer for campaign related bizness?

  4. Karl says:

    Glad to see that Democrat Mike Kennedy is so welcoming to opinions other than his own.

    Oh, I seem to remember people making bold predictions that Larry Grant would “win in November” of ’06, when the hated Bill Sali wasn’t yet an incumbent.

    Fact is, Mike, you’re getting a little ahead of yourself in putting such certainty in Retread Minnick. Did you have that same kind of certainty he was going to win in ’96? ’06 was a good year for Dems nationally, but the Idaho Donkeys found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, yet again. Until they prove otherwise, the only thing I’ll “bank” on from the Dems is incompetence and the inability to connect with voters.

  5. Bill Sali Fan says:

    Ha-Ha! Now that Liberal Larry Grant is out of the race, Congressman Bill Sali is sure to beat Wacky Walter Mitty! Winning re-election to the House this year is but the first step on the road to seeing a President Sali in 2012!

  6. Sisyphus says:

    Hey Karl, why don’t you join GOP Truth in his hole. This is a primary battle and none of your damn business. Speaking of standing up to old guard members of your own party why don’t you see what y’all can do for Idaho by seeing about Craig’s promised resignation. The fact that you guys continue to provide safe harbor to the odious shenenigans of aging pervert brings nothing but embarrassment to the great people of Idaho. Till then we’ll see you in November.

  7. passthegreen says:

    Walt Minnick is a much more respectable person to send to Washington. Bill Sali is and embarrisment to the Republican Party. I think he needs to go. I would rather see one more Democrat in the House for the next two years, than another two years of Bill Sali. Maybe in 2010 we can have a better candidate who deserves to have an (R) next to his name.

  8. W. Lane Startin says:

    Grant and Minnick are about equal in candidate strength in my opinion (read: both clearly superior to Sali). Minnick has my full support. I hope to see Grant back in the mix real soon, maybe even in something that I can for vote for here in Twin Falls County.

  9. Idagreen says:

    Well, Sis, hypothetically, as long as Idaho has open primaries, it’s anyone’s business. The Idaho GOP may force it, and party organizers on both sides might like it, but most voters will not appreciate verbally declaring for a party at the polls when requesting a ballot. (I still don’t believe malicious crossover votes are statistically significant) As a poll worker, I’m pretty sure I’ll hear the phrase “none of your damn business” more than once if the GOP has their way with primary elections.

    Some, of course, will attempt to extrapolate to GOP gains and Democratic disarray from this, or the phase of the moon. From their handles, would we expect anything more?

    It does seem less than “d”emocratic for “D”emocrats to shun healthy primary challenges. Good candidates should not be eliminated before the primary. The criticism should be aimed at a campaign finance system that eliminates competition when there should be a variety of choices, or why bother with an election in the first place? As long as candidates are positive, a primary challenge shows that the party is strong, diverse and invigorated and the process should strengthen, rather than divide.

    As for the relative criticisms of our Democratic leadership and that of the GOP, that can definitely can go in a hole, or something. What a hoot! The only thing that our GOP delegation could lead us towards is a contribution from Jack Abramoff, or the location of a lobbyists yacht party. Perhaps a restroom?

    Of course Walt would provide superior service to Bill Sali. From the reputation that they have established for themselves as a party, I can think of few that deserve the “R” brand more than silly Sali, creepy Craig, Carribean Crapo and manic Mike. Let’s at least get rid of one of these guys!

  10. 6degrees says:

    Idagreen,

    We are getting rid of Craig. What we need to start focusing on is how to prevent “righteous” Risch from replacing him.

  11. mostlyMike says:

    This is great news! I wish Clinton or Obama would do the same thing. The only important thing is to get America out from under the thumb of the party of economic calamity, needless war, torture, and hatred of science.