While mainstreamer media was busy speculating about the ramifications of the Risch-Otter-Kempthorne-Little musical chairs at the Idaho Statehouse, a well known Dem joined the fracas.
Former Idaho Congressman Larry LaRocco quietly slipped his name into the race for Lt. Governor prior to the Friday filing deadline. He is going to need a lot more than a mere footnote mention if he is serious about running. LaRocco doesn’t appear to have much organization–no website that pops up, no media circus announcement and certainly no media recognition. No doubt there will be enough die hard demos to give him the nod in the primary. The big question in a race against Risch will be, “How does a guy who spends his time in Washington run against an incumbent governor for the Lt. Gov. job?”
Our guess is the smooth talking politician with lots of experience both in Idaho and D.C. is aiming for a semi-retirement and the Lt. Gov job is an ideal fit. Looks like it will be a RISCH-LaROCCO race in November.
For the past four years his lobbying partner has been his 33-year-old son, Matthew. They work in adjoining offices where LaRocco is President of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations in downtown D.C. He maintains a McCall address as well.
He is well tied into what is left of the Democrat party in Idaho and his past is no more checkered than some of the other players. After he lost the 1st District congressional seat to Helen Chenoweth in 1994, LaRocco made headlines in the Statesman with a story involving an unidentified woman.
GUARDIAN recalls a pretty damning “expose” by Statesman political reporter Dan Popkey put LaRocco in standby mode for a long time when it came to Idaho politics. He shouldn’t expect a “love letter” like the one Popkey wrote about Risch. It will be interesting to see if the long term memory of old voters will mean much in a state with so many newcomers.
Here is some online background info we garnered:
— born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, Calif., August 25, 1946
–attended Stanford University Institute of Television and Radio, 1967, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1968-1969; B.A., University of Portland, 1967; M.S., Boston University, 1969
–captain, military intelligence, United States Army, 1969-1972
–former staffer for former Senator Frank Church
–vice president of a brokerage firm, 1983-1990; unsuccessful candidate in 1982 for the Ninety-eighth Congress; nominee in 1986 for the Idaho State senate
–two term congressman (January 3, 1991-January 3, 1995); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress.
Military veteran Daniel M. Romero of Nampa has also filed for the Democrat Lt. Gov. primary. His website says he has a Masters of Science Degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University. He lives in Nampa.
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