Posts tagged: Idaho governors
Political scientist Eric Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs has dug up some interesting numbers in light of 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador’s announcement yesterday that he won’t challenge Gov. Butch Otter in the GOP primary this year. Among them: Only two Idaho governors seeking re-election since 1904 have failed to win their party’s nomination, Democrat Barzilla Clark in 1938 and Republican Robert Smylie in 1966.
However, once they get to the general election, incumbent Idaho governors historically haven’t done as well. Only 19 of 30 incumbent governors – 63 percent – who sought re-election won. The record’s even worse for GOP governors: 10 victories and 7 defeats since statehood, with eight not seeking re-election. That’s a 58.8 percent success rate. Read more. Betsy Russell, EOB
As you know, Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles has written a book in which he dubs Cecil Andrus as Idaho's best governor. Now, he ranks the other governors since 1946 when he was born:
When C.L. (Butch) Otter became Idaho's governor in 2007, one thing seemed certain: He'd shine in comparison to his predecessor, Dirk Kempthorne. … Five years later, Otter has yet to deliver any major initiative through the Legislature. After failing miserably to persuade his own party to back a badly needed infusion of cash into transportation in 2009, Otter has ceded the stage. Lawmakers have dominated spending issues. Others have usurped the governor's traditional role of setting the political agenda, whether it was schools Superintendent Tom Luna's school reform package or the Tea Party's effort to defy national health care reform through the discredited tactic of nullification. Five years later, it's Kempthorne who gets points for engineering a successful rebooting in his fifth year, while Otter's fifth year shows no turnaround/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More to come. (AP file photo: Dirk Kempthorne, as Interior secretary in 2008, testifies in Washington)
Question: How do you consider to be the better governor — Dirk Kempthorne or Butch Otter?