Note to Lt. Gov. Jim Risch:
“Get down to Secretary of State Big Ben’s office by 5p.m. Friday with $300 if you still want a shot at that lifelong dream of being ELECTED governor.”
Friday is the filing deadline for statewide office. Risch has already filed for Lt. Gov. and had previously said he would not run against Congressman Butch Otter. We bet he is in the “keep my options open mode” for the next 24 hours.
Gotta admit it sounds kinda silly to have an incumbent governor running for LIEUTENANT Governor!
Speculation is running rampant about motivation for the appointment of Dirk Kempthorne as lame duck Interior Secretary to fill the vacancy created when Gale Norton resigned from the Bush cabinet.
–The Presidential Tamarack vacation last summer could have greased the skids for Guv Dirk to get the appointment. He has “stood ready to serve” for quite a while.
–Could G. Dubya be seeking revenge on Butch for voting against the Patriot Act? Butch could now face a challenger in the primary from an incumbent governor. We will know Friday. Maybe they are all just a bunch of happy Republicans.
Lots of unfinished business in the legislature where the pecking order is about to change with Risch leaving his Lt. Governor post where he was the president of the senate. Everyone will move up a notch. We will see a new Pro-Tem and a new Lt. Gov.
Fears of Kempthorne’s veto stamp have now vanished. With Risch’s legislative savvy and political clout, Idahoans could be treated to fast and furious moves beneath the capitol dome in the next few months.
Word has it that Risch, an attorney and gentleman rancher, spent nearly $400,000 of his own money to get the $35,000 a year Lt. Gov. post. If Kempthorne is confirmed by the U.S. senate–and there is no reason to think he will have problems– this will be the second time Risch has taken office without being elected.
He lost a senate race in his Boise district and was subsequently appointed by Gov. Phil Batt to the state senate when that seat was vacated a few years later.
Think of all the good news-bad news jokes this will spawn depending upon your political viewpoint.: “Good news is Dirk quit. Bad news is he will be running the BLM, Bur. of Reclamation, Indian Affairs, etc. etc.
Good news is Dirk can’t veto legislation. Bad news is Risch is Governor.
Good news is Risch has more rapport with legislature. Bad news is Risch has more rapport with legislature.
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