Democrat Larry LaRocco, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by GOP Sen. Larry Craig, today called on the 29 Idahoans whom Gov. Butch Otter has identified as wanting an appointment to Craig’s seat to declare their candidacy and start reaching out to voters. “Idahoans want their representatives to be elected in an open campaign and not decided behind closed doors in secret,” LaRocco said. “It’s crystal clear that Senator Larry Craig will not run for re-election in 2008, and there is a very large probability he will choose to serve out his term. Therefore, the 29 applicants should do as I have done and step up to the plate and start meeting with voters instead of interviewing with Governor Otter. A seat in the U.S. Senate should not be a gift, it should be earned the old fashioned way, hand over hand, debate by debate in every county of Idaho. Idahoans want to chart a new direction for our state and America. We should have a campaign, not a coronation.”
Otter has interviewed all the prospective candidates for appointment to Craig’s seat, but can’t make an appointment unless Craig resigns.