Posts tagged: Cecil Andrus
Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus is recovering after lung cancer surgery, Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports; that’s why Andrus missed former Gov. John Evans’ funeral on Friday. Andrus told Popkey it “troubled me a great deal” to miss the funeral, but he told Evans’ family and current Gov. Butch Otter, “Hey, I’m flat on my back – I can’t move.” Andrus, 82, said a cancerous tumor was successfully removed from his lung and the doctors tell him he won’t require further treatment. He was hospitalized for five days, and expecting to be able to return to regular activities in six to eight weeks. “I had – past tense – lung cancer,” Andrus told Popkey. “They couldn’t find evidence of malignancy anyplace else in my beautifully shaped, youthful body. Well, I guess that was my phrase.” Popkey’s full report is online here.
Former longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, as enthusiastic as he was about Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff’s run at his announcement today, cautioned that he isn’t endorsing until after the primary. “We might have another Democrat come out – who knows?” he said. “I did that once before and got burned, as you know.” Andrus was a prominent backer of longtime friend Wally Hedrick when he announced his Democratic candidacy for state superintendent of schools in 1998, but Hedrick ended up losing the primary to Marilyn Howard – who went on to serve two terms in the statewide post.
Andrus was looking pleased today, despite the chilly weather. “We’ve got a Senate race that’s going to be interesting, too,” he said. “There are some discussions going on.” The senator whose term is up next year in 2014? GOP Sen. Jim Risch. Said Andrus, “The top of our ticket will look a lot better than it has for some period of time.”
Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two former governors oppose modifying Idaho's 1995 nuclear cleanup agreement with the federal government after a new draft report suggested changes be considered as part of efforts to assure the Idaho National Laboratory's future. Republican Gov. Phil Batt sent a letter to the Idaho Statesman Monday and Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus wrote to Department of Commerce director Jeff Sayer, who headed up the Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission. Sayer's panel last week released a preliminary report to spur public comment about Idaho's nuclear future. Its authors wrote, among other things, that changes to the 1995 pact could help preserve the INL's status as America's lead nuclear energy laboratory. To that, Batt cautioned Sayer against “modification of my nuclear waste agreement,” while Andrus reiterated his opposition to accepting more nuclear waste.
The Lewiston Tribune reports today that former four-term Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who will be in Lewiston for Saturday's Cecil D. Andrus Statesmanship Award presentation to former longtime Idaho Sen. Marguerite McLaughlin, D-Orofino, tried hard to convince McLaughlin to run for governor. “She was without question one of the hardest-working individuals in either political party,” Andrus told the Tribune. “She always ignored the political labels.”
Andrus said he regrets that he failed to convince McLaughlin to run for governor. “I thought she was better prepared than any other person to be governor,” Andrus told the paper. “Had she run and been elected she would have been one of the top two or three governors the state has ever known. She has wisdom beyond her years. It takes a unique person to come from a little old lumber town like Orofino to raise to that level. She is a jewel.”
McLaughlin served two terms in the Idaho House and nine in the Senate, retiring in 2000.
In the past few days, three Idaho governors - former Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt and current Gov. Butch Otter - have published guest opinions in the Idaho Statesman newspaper with strongly worded messages about potential changes in the nuclear waste agreement Batt famously negotiated with the feds, guaranteeing that Idaho won't become the nation's future nuke waste repository. Today, Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker sorts through the charges; you can read his full report here. The upshot: Both Andrus and Batt are urging Otter to stick with the 1995 agreement, and despite possible changes outlined by current INL Director John Grossenbacher, Otter is pledging that he will.
Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus says he has been in touch with “high levels in the White House” about using the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds, in order to prompt action on Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson's Boulder-White Clouds wilderness proposal. A move like that, Andrus told Idaho Public Television during a “Dialogue” Web Extra taped Tuesday, would “get some of those knotheads to listen to reason and understand the balance that is necessary.” Andrus, former U.S. secretary of the Interior, said, “That is the only vehicle I can see that can accelerate this action. … If it were me, I'd do it in a flash.” You can see video of Andrus' comments here. The full interview with Andrus will air on “Dialogue” on IPTV next Thursday, Nov. 17.