Idaho Rep. Minnick, targeted by GOP, won't switch teams, says his spokesman

The prospect of Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, the least loyal Democrat in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stable, switching parties has been raised by Republicans in a
story in CQ's Roll Call.

"Democratic Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Walt Minnick (Idaho) and Heath Shuler (N.C.) are all on the Republicans' target list. Reps. Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Gene Taylor (Miss.) are also considered potential gets," write Anna Palmer and Steven T. Dennis.

The Roll Call story, published late Monday, doesn't include a reply from the 1st District freshman who faces GOP state Rep. Raul Labrador in the Nov. 2 election. But his campaign manager, John Foster, said the former Republican who worked in the Nixon White House won't return to the GOP fold.

"No," said Foster. "His independent voting record lands him on these lists. But Walt has no intention of changing parties, but he has every intention of winning this election and continuing to be the most independent member of the House."

Minnick's voted with his party in 71 percent of 1,536 votes, the lowest figure among either party in the House, according to a Washington Post analysis. Idaho's 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson voted with his Republican colleagues in 90 percent of 1,536 votes. The average Democrat votes with his or her party 92 percent of the time, according to the Post, the average Republican 88 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, Pelosi is more concerned about keeping Democrats in control of the House than party discipline, according to a report by CNN's Gloria Borger, who asked Pelosi about Minnick's refusal to say whether he'll vote to re-elect Pelosi as speaker.

Writes Borger: "When I asked her about Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho, who told CNN that he hasn't yet decided if he would back Pelosi as speaker, her response was instantaneous.

"'Go for it,'" she said. "'Just win your election. I just want them to win. It's their election. It's not about me.'"

Rep. Simpson told the Statesman in June that he's urged Minnick to defect from Pelosi should the Democrats remain in control and be part of a conservative cabal that replaces her with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Hoyer was in Boise in August to raise money for Minnick.

Minnick refused to say what he would do, telling the Statesman, "It's premature until one sees the lineup of the next House of Representatives. If there are multiple candidates - and there were not last time - I will vote for whoever best represents my views and whoever I think best represents the thinking of Idahoans."

Minnick became a Democrat in order to run against then-Sen. Larry Craig in 1996. He said he retained his fiscally conservative views, but could not abide the GOP canon on social issues.

National reporters speculating on Minnick's returning to the GOP overlook the fact that he would be very unlikely to win a Republican primary in 2012 with his pro-choice views.

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The Steny Hoyer fundraiser

Surprised that you didn't mention the part where a "red-faced" Minnick "accidentally" referred to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as "Mr. Speaker" when he was here for that fundraiser. What's fascinating about that "flub," I think it was called, is that no reporters were allowed into the meeting, so no one would have known that the "flub" even happened if John Foster hadn't included it in the release afterward. Now let me think... why in the world would Foster want people to know that Minnick had "tripped up" and called Steny "Mr. Speaker?"

"All the world's a stage...."

More proof the preposterous takes practice.

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"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

He should!

Then at least we might get a choice in an election. Now we have fringe and fringier.

MInnick a Repuglican?

Since he votes with them 100% of the time I think he should. Then maybe there would be a Democrat to vote for someday.

Actually...

He votes with the Dems in Washington 70% of the time. Check your facts.

AFLACK ....................

If it walks like a duck .............

71%???

If he votes with the Dems 71% of the time, 75% of those votes are probably not controversial. So he is actually voting more GOP's way than his party's.
I would pass on this race if I lived in the district.

Maybe The Reason Is...

Cecil Andrus. Cecil inspires a lot of loyalty. He is a good man and few who have worked for him want to disappoint him, even though he is a Democorat. I guess we all have things we could improve upon. Minnick will stand a much better chance of keeping his job if he did switch. Someday, we Republicans are going to put someone up against him who has ability and class and then Minnick will be back to just making money.

That's true

It's all about Cecil and his followers. It's just too bad few of them can have their own views and stand for something. If Walter would start taking a position on something, ANYTHING, then he might start getting more of a following.

Cecil took a stand and won the top office in Idaho for years, when are people going to start to understand that you either stand for something or you will be overtaken by someone who does?

A Representative

should represent the people of his/her district. THAT is their job, not to tow the party line. I don't have the exact figures but Wiki say this about the 1st District of Idaho: "According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, it is one of the most heavily Republican districts in the nation represented by a Democrat." So, in my view, if he often votes with the Republicans, he is likely representing the majority in his district.

As a Libertarian, I have no gripe with Rep Minnick, except for the way he pronounces "Washington" in his ads. It's WASHINGTON, Mr Minnick, not WERSHINGTON!!! aaaarrrrrggghhhh!!!

walter

you are a republican swithch

Minnick is pro-choice

And pro-education, and pro-fair pay for women. What about that say "GOP" to you?

He is the best

that Idaho Democrats have to offer (*snicker), so he better stay.

He was born and raised in

He was born and raised in Walla Walla, so he can pronounce Waarrshington however he wants

I doubt he would change parties

He seems to be a man of his own directions, Little would be gained by Walt for changing parties, he does pretty much what he pleases now.

Of course he is going to

Of course he is going to vote for drunken power crazed nasty pelosi!

Minnick has recently gained additional finacing from obama and he is adding people suport to get him back in the senate. Minnick is very worried and so is the socialist dream team of obama, pelosi and reid.

Just read the double talk again. All lies and saying Idaho is stupid enough to be bought off again. Just look at what the the democrat control has done so far! Hiest unemployment and rising, job losses, home losses, out of control spending. Lies lies and more lies.

"Pelosi is more concerned about keeping Democrats in control of the House than party discipline, according to a report by CNN's Gloria Borger, who asked Pelosi about Minnick's refusal to say whether he'll vote to re-elect Pelosi as speaker."
"Writes Borger: "When I asked her about Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho, who told CNN that he hasn't yet decided if he would back Pelosi as speaker, her response was instantaneous.
"'Go for it,'" she said. "'Just win your election. I just want them to win. It's their election. It's not about me."

Pelosi is more concerned about keeping Democrats in control of the House than party discipline, according to a report by CNN's Gloria Borger, who asked Pelosi about Minnick's refusal to say whether he'll vote to re-elect Pelosi as speaker.

Of course he is going to vote for nasty pelosi!