We're officially not envious of any Secret Service agents who have to manage security for Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to the Grove Centre today. That's because right as the Veep's motorcade makes its way to the Boise Centre on the Grove for a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidate Bill Sali, the opening chords of Alive After Five will be starting right out front at the plaza. Hey, beer for the serious guys in suits with wires in their ears?
"I think we're going to have an eclectic bunch of Idahoans there," said Geoffrey Hunt, events coordinator for the Downtown Business Association, which puts together the Alive After Five events. "It should be good people-watching."
Cheney's Sali stop is part of a trip to boost other embattled Republicans--in the morning, he'll have been with Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, who is facing a tough challenge now that he's been so explicitly tied to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Sali doesn't know Abramoff, but national analysts have begun to eye his race against Democrat Larry Grant of Fruitland a little more closely. Although Idaho traditionally gets a "safe Republican" rating nationally, that hasn't stopped the national GOP from stepping up its efforts on behalf of Sali. Wednesday's shindig with Cheney isn't cheap: guests paid $125 just to get in, and $2,100 per couple for a photo with the country's second-in-command.