Idaho: Five Republicans Going After Minnick’s Seat

Posted March 22, 2010 at 6:38pm

Rep. Walt Minnick (D) has drawn five Republican opponents.

Minnick did not draw opposition in the May 25 Democratic primary even though liberal activists don’t like his conservative-leaning voting record.

Here’s the lineup of Republicans who want to be the one to take him on in the fall: former Senate aide Vaughn Ward, state Rep. Raul Labrador, frequent candidate Harley Brown, former Senate aide Michael Chadwick and Allan Salzberg, a physician and rocket scientist.

Labrador’s backers include former Rep. Bill Sali (R), who was defeated by Minnick in 2008.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R), who’s seeking a seventh term representing the 2nd district, drew three primary opponents: state Rep. Russ Mathews, political unknown Katherine Burton and Vietnam veteran M.C. Chick Heileson, a water company licensed operator.