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October 07, 2008

Sali's Life-Changing Moment

For some, it's the birth of a child. For others, it's an impulsive decision that changes the course of a personal history. For Idaho Republican Bill Sali, the moment that changed his life was a fourth grade book report.

In the course of putting together their voters' guide for the state's First Congressional District, the Idaho Statesman asked both Sali and Democratic businessman Walt Minnick to detail a turning point in their lives. Minnick, who worked in the Nixon White House, told of his decision to resign after the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre, in which both Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than comply with Nixon's order to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Sali's answer was a little closer to home. Instead of doing a book report assigned to him, "I procrastinated," Sali told the Statesman. "When I didn't get it done, I took an F." The interview ran in Sunday's print edition of the Statesman, which Minnick's campaign gleefully sent out yesterday under the header "Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing," named for the popular kids' book by Judy Blume.

It wasn't the only time Sali dodged a question. Asked what decision they regret most, Minnick said the long hours he worked cost him time with his children, while Sali has "been too blessed with a wonderful and supportive family to spend time focusing on regrets."