Raul Labrador, the Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s 1st District, is critical of Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick’s vote on legislation that could repeal a policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Minnick voted in favor of a plan to end the don’t ask, don’t tell policy. The change would go into effect if a survey conducted by the armed forces determines that allowing homosexuals to serve openly would not be disruptive.
“Mr. Minnick’s vote is a disappointment to me, and disappointment for most Idahoans,” Labrador, a state representative from Eagle, said in a statement on his campaign website. “His vote seems especially inappropriate on Memorial Day Weekend. The Clinton Administration found a practical solution to this problem which guarded the military’s integrity. But Nancy Pelosi wanted to appease her base. I am surprised Walt Minnick chose to support her social and political agenda rather than the values of Idaho.”