In a column today, Opinion Editor John Alexander of the Twin Falls Times-News says that Democratic guv candidate told his Editorial Board months ago that his intention wasn't to win when he entered the race:
"Balukoff could bloody Otter — fresh off a tough primary challenge from his party’s right flank — from the left. Balukoff has the cash to hammer Otter on the downfall of Idaho’s public schools and the bottom-of-the-barrel metrics of educational funding and per capita wage. Education is his pet project, but he’ll need to broaden his platform — and tap his sizeable wallet — if he’s going to give Otter a real run for his money. Much of the Democratic Party’s fortunes rest with Balukoff. It’s the gubernatorial race that will define the contrasting narratives. Balukoff told the Times-News editorial board a few months back that when he tossed his hat in the race for governor, his intention wasn’t to win, but to require Otter to face his role in the gutting of education in Idaho. That message alone, combined with a little cash, could prove problematic for Idaho’s venerable governor. Perhaps more significantly, a vigorous Balukoff campaign would provide much-needed momentum to his party’s other two serious statewide contenders." Full column here.