Cross off one potentially formidable challenger to top-targeted freshman Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho):
Nampa resident and Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane has decided against running for Walt Minnick's 1st District U.S. Congressional seat in 2010.

Crane, a Republican, told the Idaho Press-Tribune Friday he had made the decision not to run.

"I seriously explored it," Crane said. "I have come to the conclusion not to run."

Crane, 60, has been the state's Treasurer since 1998. His son Brent is a Idaho representative from Nampa.

-Aaron Blake