Meridain GOP Sen. Russ Fulcher, Republican Caucus chairman of the Idaho Senate, thinks he can do a better job than Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. So, following years of rumors of Fulcher setting his aim on higher offices, he has filed the necessary paperwork to launch a fundraising effort in preparation for a May primary challenge to the governor.
The 50-year-old Fulcher, who pays the bills through his commercial real estate business, has had a high-profile tenure at the Idaho Statehouse since first being elected to the Senate in 2005:
In February 2007, Fulcher sponsored a parental consent bill, requiring any minor girl to get her parents' approval before seeking an abortion, or to approach a district court judge through a so-called "judicial bypass."
In 2009, he revealed that stock broker Brian Scigliano had done financial consulting for Fulcher's mother, yet voted for Scigliano's appointment to the Idaho Human Rights Commission and sponsored the appointment on the Senate floor.
In February 2011, Fulcher voted in favor of a "nullification" bill, which attempted to declare the Affordable Care Act null and void in Idaho.
In January 2012, Fulcher was one of nine Republican Idaho senators to sign a letter saying they wanted everyone to know that they didn't support then-Sen. John McGee remaining the chairman of their party's caucus, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.
In February 2012, Fulcher was elected to be the Republican Party's new majority caucus chairman in the Senate, replacing McGee who had resigned.
In February 2012, Fulcher was in the minority in voting against the measure that bans texting while driving.
In February 2012, Fulcher voted not to allow the Senate State Affairs Committee to hold a hearing on Add the Words legislation.
In February of this year, Fulcher was one of a 12-vote minority in the State Senate to vote against the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange.
In particular, Fulcher is targeting Otter's support of a state-run health insurance exchange as the foundation of mounting a gubernatorial challenge.
Otter defeated three challengers in a 2006 Republican primary and five challengers in a 2010 GOP face-off.