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Otter for interior secretary? The speculation continues…

Might Idaho Gov. Butch Otter be considered for interior secretary in a Trump administration? Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker explored the possibilities in a column over the holiday; you can read it here. Two previous Idaho governors were appointed secretary of the interior – Cecil Andrus under President Jimmy Carter, and Dirk Kempthorne under President George W. Bush. And if Otter were to get an appointment, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, already an announced candidate for governor in 2018, would step up to the post right away, enabling him to run as an incumbent governor in two years and changing the shape of the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Barker also notes that there’s been speculation about Idaho 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador being considered for a post at the Justice Department in a new Trump Administration, but Labrador’s spokesman, Dan Popkey, said it’s not happening. “The congressman has not had any discussions with the president-elect about a job in the Justice Department or any other department,” Popkey said.

Barker also reports that others rumored to be under consideration for the interior secretary post include Sarah Palin; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Lucas Oil co-founder Forrest Lucas; venture capitalist Robert Grady; Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis; and Utah Rep. Rob Bishop.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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