Simplot, the toughest of old birds, died last Sunday of natural causes. He was 99.
And while local media might have seen this coming when he knocked his noggin a year ago, falling out of his motorized cart, local politicians reacted to his passage with varying speed. First and fastest? His former son-in-law, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Second in the sweepstakes? U.S. Rep. Bill Sali, a Republican. Right behind him? The Democrat who hopes to take him out in November, Walt Minnick.
Last to arrive in our in-box was Boise State president Bob Kustra, on Tuesday. He was beaten by former Gov. Jim Risch by minutes.