New Gov. Jim Risch had this to say in a statement: “The Secretary of State received Governor Kempthorne’s resignation letter by fax at 12:57 p.m. Friday and in accordance with the Constitution and statutes I became the governor. I am truly humbled by this opportunity. Vicki and I love this state and its people, and I will vigorously fulfill my responsibilities as the state’s Chief Executive.” He added, “This is a big day for Idaho and we are very excited for Dirk Kempthorne. I told him we are very proud of him, and he can be proud of his public service here in Idaho. I know that he will make Idahoans and the nation proud with his service as our Secretary of the Interior.” Risch said in a press release that when he told Kempthorne that, Kempthorne responded, 'Jim, you will make a great governor for Idaho.'"
Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise has the Kempthorne-Risch transition covered like the proverbial blanket. You can find Kempthorne (hiding a broken foot injured in a jogging accident over the weekend) with Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Bill Frist here, statements about Dirk by Idaho's U.S. senators here, what Risch was doing this morning before the announcement here, and what's ahead for Kempthorne's now-former PR flack Mike Journee here.