Risch Replaces Craig

...No, not in the Senate. Hey, don't go jumping the gun yet, buddy.

No, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch has apparently replaced U.S. Sen. Larry Craig as the front man in Idaho for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. The two had been co-chairs until Craig resigned his post.

When the Romney campaign sent out its notice that the former Massachusetts governor had filed to join Idaho's May 2008 Republican primary, it was Risch, not Craig who provided the local booster quote. He identified himself as the "chairman of the Romney campaign in Idaho."

Craig, readers may recall, used to share that august title. That was before he was, to paraphrase the senator's phrase, thrown under the Romney campaign bus.

Risch was the bearer of the official letter from Romney asking to appear on the presidential primary ballot for May 27, 2008.

Of course, Risch is also the presumptive Republican nominee for Craig's seat, which is set to open up this next year. Elk rancher Rex Rammell has also declared his intent to run in that primary.

Here's Risch's statement:

"Governor Romney is the candidate with the experience, vision, and values to lead our nation at this crucial point in our nation's history. His message of bringing conservative change to Washington has resonated with Idaho residents who agree we must keep taxes low, cut government spending, reform healthcare, and strengthen our families. I am proud to Chair Governor Romney's Idaho campaign and I look forward to our continued work to build on the strong grassroots support for his campaign in the state."

Oh, we almost forgot: Mitt was here this morning! Exciting!!!

Someone got up this morning to say hi. Here's what she had to say. We were still having our own private breakfast which cost us much less per plate.