Gov. Butch named Sen. Brad Little Lt. Governor this morning, an hour after former Lt. Gov. Jim Risch was sworn in as Idaho's new junior U.S. senator. Otter said that he knows Little's family and his reputation as a public servant.
"For me it came down to the fact that Brad is one of the best public servants I know and one of the best people," Otter said in a release. (Yes, citydesk was there for the announcement, but was late and missed Otter's comments.)
Otter shares the farming-ranching-business juggernaut with Little and as a former Lieutenant Gov himself, they now share that mantle as well. The similarities between the two Idaho pols were not lost on crack KTVB reporter Ysabel Bilbao, who asked the governor if this was just more of the "good old boys club." The exchange did not make it onto TV (well, onto TV Web, at least), but you can watch Bilbao's report here
Otter's response: "I would say this is the confidence club." As in, I've got confidence in Little.
Otter will be able to appoint someone from District 11, which covers Gem County and a small part of Canyon County, to Little's vacated Senate seat. Otter could also bump one of District 11s representatives--Steve Thayn and Carlos Bilbao--to the Senate and then get another shot at an appointment.
Otter aids would not speculate about the appointments, saying they'll wait to hear who the county GOP committee recommends. But one aid hinted that a solid vote for Otter's transportation funding bill is a prerequisite.