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They Want Craig's Job


Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has released the full list of names of people who have expressed interest in filling the seat of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, should he resign on Sept. 30, as intended.

Some caveats from Otter's office:

The list does not include people whose names were submitted by others but who themselves have not indicated they are seeking the appointment. It also does not include the few individuals from outside Idaho who indicated they would be willing to move here if appointed. Finally, it does not include those people who indicated privately to the Governor that they would accept an appointment but expressed a desire for their names not to be disclosed.

The list, in alphabetical order, includes: State Rep. Scott Bedke of Oakley, Bob Cox of Boise, Steve Coyle of Star, Lawrence Gardner of Meridian, Ben Jepson of Nampa, State Sen. Mike Jorgensen of Coeur d'Alene, Thomas Kim of Island Park, David Leroy of Boise, State Rep. Russ Mathews of Idaho Falls, State Sen. John McGee of Caldwell, Christopher Patterson of Coeur d'Alene, Blaine Price of Malad, Steven Ranstrom of Burley, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, State Rep. Ken Roberts of Donnelly, State Sen. Gary Schroeder of Moscow, Larry T. Smith of Nampa, Sheila Sorensen of Boise, Tom Stevenson of Gooding, Robert Vasquez of Canyon County, Jim Waite of Idaho Falls, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Dane Watkins of Idaho Falls and Jay Wilde of Glenns Ferry.