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Gold-colored campaign pins back an array of new lt gov candidates

Coeur d’Alene Rep. Bob Nonini was walking around wearing a gold, oval-shaped button today that said, “Cathyanne Nonini for Lieutenant Governor.” And Rep. Eric Anderson had one that said, “Nicky Anderson for Lieutenant Governor.” Nonini joked that his wife would have an edge on Anderson’s in the race, since Anderson’s is still technically a citizen of New Zealand (though Anderson said she’s applied for U.S. citizenship). Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, wore a pin saying, “Sue Ann Moyle for Lieutenant Governor.” Prominent lobbyist Skip Smyser, who wore a similar pin saying, “Melinda Smyser for Lieutenant Governor,” may have been the source of the gag, which got plenty of mileage as lawmakers gathered on the lawn across the capitol after a smoke-caused evacuation. The interest of Idaho First Lady Patricia Kempthorne in a possible appointment to the post – which will open up when her husband is confirmed as the new Interior secretary and current Lt. Gov. Jim Risch becomes governor – has prompted lots of talk.

Rep. Dolores Crow, R-Nampa, was wearing a gold pin, too. So whose did hers promote? It said, “Dolores Crow for Lieutenant Governor.” Said a smiling Crow, “Well of course – who else would I be supporting?”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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