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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Walt Minnick

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or September 17, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Walt Minnick in the election for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.
“Walt Minnick’s experience as a business leader gives him the tools to reach across the isle and work on meaningful, bipartisan measures to keep Idaho and the West a great place to live and raise families,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski.  “He will be an important voice for legislation to end our addiction to oil and invest in alternatives to create new good-paying jobs.”
Minnick’s record demonstrates a solid commitment to Idaho’s citizens, economy, and to the state’s long tradition of conservation. As a businessman, he spent 21 years as an executive in the Idaho forest products industry, 16 of which were spent leading one of the state’s largest Idaho-headquartered public companies.  But as an executive in the forest products industry, he served on the board of several conservation groups, and was known for reaching out in a search for middle ground solutions. In fact, he has advised and mentored past executive directors of the Idaho Conservation League, a group now known for Minnick’s philosophy of working on bipartisan solutions.
Minnick’s opponent, Representative Bill Sali, was elected to office in 2006, and earned a pathetic 0% score on LCV’s Scorecard* in his first year in office. Sali also voted against every piece of conservation legislation in 2007, and on energy legislation consistently votes the interests of major oil companies, which have donated tens of thousands of dollars to his campaign. Minnick promises to fight for an end to subsides for oil companies, and will work to implement aggressive and strict measures to reduce price gouging at the pump, as well as calling for the development of alternative energy industry in Idaho to create new jobs and end America’s addiction to oil.
“Idaho deserves a representative who will create new jobs for its citizens instead of stuffing the pockets of Big Oil,” said Karpinski.  “Walt has bright ideas and a history of bringing people together – he can bring real change to the broken system in Washington.”

* The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s record.  For more information, visit

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