Posts tagged: Lieutenant Governor
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little has scheduled his “official announcement tour” to announce his candidacy for re-election as lieutenant governor, but when I looked at the tour announcement, I only saw “Brad Little for Idaho.” It named his campaign co-chairs, who are the state’s last four lieutenant governors: Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, Hon. Jack Riggs, and Hon. Mark Ricks. And it noted announcements planned for Oct. 30 in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene. But it never said just what office Little would be announcing for. So I called campaign spokesman Jason Lehosit with the question: What’s Little running for? “That would be lieutenant governor,” he replied. Gov. Butch Otter, who’s strongly hinted that he, too, is seeking re-election, has yet to schedule his own formal announcement.
More lieutenant governors are succeeding and becoming governors this year than in recent history - think Alaska, Utah, Illinois - prompting renewed attention to just who the lieutenant governors are, and whether they’re ready to govern. Idaho’s Brad Little says Gov. Butch Otter is training him as his “B team,” involving him in cabinet meetings and keeping him up to date so he’d be prepared. He says if a lieutenant governor hasn’t been involved and suddenly becomes governor, “I don’t think the state would be well-served.” Washington’s Brad Owen, who’s made his own focus in office on youth programs and international trade, says it’d be “exciting” to become governor if he didn’t have to run, because campaigns are so nasty. You can read my full story here in today’s Spokesman-Review.