Saturday, June 03, 2006

We've Got A New Governor

Well the transition of Lt. Governor Jim Risch to the position of our states 31st Governor came to completion on Friday, when the 63 year old had his formal inauguration on the steps of the state capital. Risch is assuming the position vacated by Dirk Kempthorn upon his becoming United States Secretary of the Interior. That Risch has wanted to become Governer has been known for some time, he however will have to vacate his new position this January. Because of the timing of the Kempthorne announcement, Risch was not prepared to file to run for Governor (he will however continue to run for re-election to the office of Lt. Governor as previously planed). Risch could have made plans to run at the beginning of the year, but opted not to because he would be facing the juggernaut of Congressman C. L. "Butch" Otter (himself a former L.G.) in the Republican primary, in which the congressional representative has now won over 70% of the vote in what I think was a four man race. So anyways, enjoy it while it lasts Jim.


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