First District Congressional candidate Walt Minnick
spent his morning at the gas pumps.
Now, the Idaho State Republican Party is crying foul, calling Minnick's campaign stunt, well, a stunt.
Minnick took over the Chevron station at the corner of Cole and Ustick for one hour this morning, offering gas for $2.26 per gallon, with the campaign picking up the $1.33 per gallon difference.
The station ended up filling tanks for an extra half hour, and roughly 350 drivers took advantage of the offer.
The 90-minutes cost the campaign $4,259.
Minnick said the event was in protest to U.S. Rep. Bill Sali
's $1,000-per-plate, fund-raising lunch with oil and gas industry lobbyists.
Republicans though, were not amused.
"This was a clever way to generate publicity for his campaign, but it does nothing to bring down the price of gas, said state Republican Party executive director Sid Smith in a written statement.
The event is a vivid example of just how willing Minnick is to spend money.
He's leading Sali in the fundraising race
, thanks in no small part to his business connections and his own deep pockets
While Sali has been stepping up
his own fund-raising efforts, his cash situation is the subject of speculation.
Most recently, word came out that Sali's campaign consultant is still owed more than $76,000, and is working on a cash only basis
No word yet on how much Sali's luncheon took in.