Many states are preparing to soon hold their Primary elections. Throughout the western states, the primaries are often held in the spring. For some states, like Arizona, their races for party nominations are held at the end of summer.
In Idaho, this party-centric nominating election is held in late May.
The two races that seem to capture the lion's share of attention and news in Idaho are the GOP Primary races for Attorney General and Governor.
I've already covered the Attorney General race - stating that Christ (pronounced Chris) Troupis would make fine NEW attorney general. The incumbent's tenure has simply been too long. (Having advocated term limits and fought a dying battle on behalf of them in Idaho, I STILL believe that elected officials MUST return home - either by force of law or force of vote.)
Regarding Governor, the case is the same.
Idaho's sitting Governor, Butch Otter, and I have known each other for 23, almost 24 years. Many of those years have been friendly years - only distancing ourselves for a brief period of time when one another got in the way of the other's mutually-desired GOP nomination to US Congress - a dozen-plus years ago. He won. I endorsed him the very next day and worked to see him get elected three times as Congressman and then twice as Governor. I have a deep affection and fondness for Butch and Lori Otter.
I also have a deep, decades-long friendship with Russ Fulcher and his family. I write about Russ in my book Beautiful Nate.
Originally, since neither candidate had asked for my endorsement, I withheld it. I just sat and watched - until this week.
Maybe it was today being Tax Day, maybe it was just my nature to think long and then act ...
Today I decided to act and endorse State Senator Russ Fulcher for the GOP nomination for Governor of Idaho.
Governor Butch Otter made two large blunders.
First, he embraced (and then led on) the state healthcare insurance exchange plan. He had a chance to be the Butch Otter many Idahoans have come to know and appreciate. Oddly, Butch Otter failed to BE Butch Otter on this major issue, failing to join many of his fellow GOP governors as they stood against it.
Second, he decided to run a third time as governor. (more…)