Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced today that he’ll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate. Crapo named Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador as his campaign co-chairs. In a statement from Washington, D.C., Crapo said, “It’s an honor to have the support of these tremendous Idaho leaders who I have worked closely with over the years as we have served the people of Idaho and together fought for conservative values and policies.”
There had been some speculation that Crapo might not run again, after his DUI arrest in December of 2012, to which he pleaded guilty and apologized. Crapo had long been known as a teetotaler due to his strict Mormon faith; the arrest shocked his supporters. He told police he had consumed several shots of vodka before going for a drive; he later told reporters he had been drinking vodka with tonic water at his apartment, then went for a drive to “try to wind down.” He was arrested after making a U-turn at a red light; he registered a 0.11 blood-alcohol level at the scene and a higher 0.14 level in a test taken later at the jail. He was sentenced to a $250 fine, a suspended 180-day jail sentence, an alcohol awareness program and a one-year license suspension.
Crapo, 63, also is a survivor of prostate cancer, for which he’s been treated twice during his Senate career. A Harvard-educated lawyer, Brigham Young University graduate and Idaho Falls native, he served eight years in the state Senate, including serving as Senate president pro-tem, and three terms in Congress before winning his first U.S. Senate term in 1998.
In a rarity, Crapo was unopposed but for a write-in candidate when he won his second term in 2004; he won his third term in 2010 with 71.2 percent of the vote. Crapo has a campaign website up here, but doesn't yet have a campaign office. According to Federal Election Commission records, Crapo had $3.7 million in cash in his campaign warchest as of March 31. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.