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Cameron’s not running for pro-tem

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, isn’t running for president pro-tem of the Senate. “From my perspective, either Bart Davis or Brent Hill would be an excellent choice for being pro-tem,” Cameron said. “As long as those guys are considering running, then I’m in full support of them being pro-tem and I’m happy to continue with my responsibilities on the joint committee.” Cameron co-chairs the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, the powerful panel that sets the state budget.

Cameron said he unwittingly broke Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes’ embargo yesterday on his announcement that he was stepping down; Cameron hadn’t seen the email that contained the embargo. “I had heard through the rumor mill so I had called the pro-tem this morning,” he said Monday. “He didn’t tell me it was top secret. I apologize - I kinda outed him before maybe he was ready.”

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

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