Idaho politics: Minnick touts U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement

Democratic incumbent Rep. Walt Minnick won the backing today of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“On issues ranging from competition in the health care industry, to lowering taxes, to reducing energy costs, Idaho’s businesses and workers have a tireless advocate in Walt Minnick,” said Bill Miller, the chamber’s senior vice president and political director.

It's another business vote of confidence for Minnick, who recently drew praise from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the state's preeminent business lobby.

A first-term lawmaker, Minnick will face state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, in a general election that figures to draw national attention. As for the chamber's endorsement, consider this: The group endorsed 265 candidates in 2008, and 213 were elected (an 81 percent success rate).

Here is the chamber's news release:

Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Representative Walter Minnick for re-election in Idaho, praising his record of supporting the state’s businesses and workers.
   
“In just one term, Walt has already shown a strong record of standing up for the businesses and workers of Idaho during some of the state’s most challenging economic times,” said Bill Miller, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president and political director.  “He has a common sense approach to job creation and getting America back on the road to recovery.”  
 
A strong proponent of fiscal responsibility, Congressman Minnick is pushing to spur business growth and job creation in Idaho by advocating for competitive tax rates for businesses, supporting an energy policy that creates jobs and opposing a health care measure that fails to bend the cost curve down.

“On issues ranging from competition in the health care industry, to lowering taxes, to reducing energy costs, Idaho’s businesses and workers have a tireless advocate in Walt Minnick,” Miller said.
 
The U.S. Chamber plans to play a major role nationwide in the 2010 elections, endorsing candidates who have demonstrated consistent support for America’s job creators and will work to advance a pro-growth agenda in Congress.  In 2008, 213 of the 265 Chamber-endorsed candidates (81%) were elected.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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Labrador's response an expensive dud?

Labrador's response dismissing the endorsement as from an organization that's "just looking out for its own political interests" is real bomb, eliciting a "DUH!" response.

If his campaign operates at this level, raising money is going to be very difficult. Phil Hardy has his challenges as Labrador is no artist such as Aerosmith, Henry Rollins, Filter and Olivia Newton-John, all of which Hardy helped market.

I'm sure his tune would change if he actually got endorsements

from any Idaho business organizations. So far, he has only Idaho Chooses Life, Tea Party and Idahoans for Choice in Education.