In a recent editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments:
Any politician with a brain in his head runs a campaign like he's behind. But Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little truly believes it.
You wouldn't necessarily think so.
Being second banana in Idaho tends to be a springboard. Among those who rose from being governor-in-waiting to the top job - although not always in a linear fashion -- were Govs. John Evans, Phil Batt, Jim Risch and, of course, Otter.
Nor is it all that difficult to imagine Little - who has held his current post since 2009 - sitting behind the big desk. Little's gubernatorial aura is sufficiently strong that he was able to fake out the Treasure Valley's political media. He lured them to tiny Emmett back in 2013 with nothing more than the suspicion that he was announcing for governor then. They had to settle for the non-startling disclosure that Little was running for re-election. More here.