Boise business executive Walter C. Minnick has at least two people making phone calls to Democratic party opinion leaders, exploring support for a possible run against Congressman Bill Sali, in Idaho’s First Congressional District.
Several people who have received the calls confirmed this information with NewWest.Net/Boise.
In 1996, Minnick unsuccessfully challenged Larry Craig for one of two Idaho seats in the U.S. Senate. He has long been well-known in Democratic circles for his fundraising abilities and other kinds of support for Democratic candidates.
Minnick, 64, has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitman College and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard. He is Chairman of Summerwinds Garden Centers, and was President and CEO of Trus Joist International for many years. He was Chairman of the Board of Albertson College in Caldwell, serves in various advisory roles at Boise State University, and supports several local educational projects. Minnick served in the U.S. Army as an economist at the Pentagon during the Vietnam years, afterward joining the Nixon White House staff under Egil Krogh.
Minnick has been married for 17 years to A.K. Lienhart-Minnick, former anchor at all three network TV stations in Boise. They have two young children. Minnick also has two older children and one grandchild.
Minnick has not yet returned a phone call, but when he does this story will be updated.
Disclosure: The Minnicks are good friends of mine, but the story came from other sources.