Skip to main content

Rumors are swirling all over Idaho, and a good portion of DC, over whether Sen. Larry Craig is going to run again in 2008. Last week there were the overheard rumblings of Boise politicos over an upcoming expose in the state's largest paper. This week I've seen and heard a few more conflicting reports.

First, back to Tom Paine at 43rd State Blues and a bizarre op-ed from a regional paper, the Post Register (no link):

Mike Adams, local Idaho Falls GOP gadfly & sometime mouthpiece for Frank Vandersloot, GOP homophobe & multi-level millionaire, has an interesting op-ed in this Sunday's Post Register.

Adams, a former radio-station owner who advised Mr. V in his purchase last year of 6 stations, bluntly asserts that Larry Craig will not be running in '08, and then uses the rest of his column to tout 6 unknown undesirables.... I find it a very, very strange coincidence this op-ed is now appearing. Especially since Vandersloot, who's always been a big Larry Craig supporter in years gone by, and is a big insider in the Idaho GOP, is so close to the action.

Shoring up the retirement rumors is something I heard this week from a very well-connected Idaho politico, who heard it from an even more connected pol--one with inroads to the GOP. His sources say Craig is retiring and now it's just a matter of when: now, so that current Lt. Gov. Risch can be named to replace him, or at the end of his term. That would potentially create an intra-party fight for who gets to run for the seat. The two most often mentioned potentials are Rep. Mike Simpson (ID-02), and Risch who got a taste of glory filling in as state executive when former governor Dirk Kempthorne was named Interior Secretary, but is now back to second chair.

But not so fast. This [Word doc] fell into my lap recently--an invitation to a high dollar fundraising reception for Craig later this month. The list of sponsors is the who's who of GOP leaning lobbyists and interest groups, so Craig still has plenty of friends willing to keep him around.

I suspect that much is waiting on what one man has to say about Craig: Dan Popkey, political columnist for the Idaho Statesman. It's an open secret in the state that Popkey has been working on a big story for several weeks now, and that story is about Craig. From what I've heard, just about everybody in Idaho politics has heard from Popkey, and he's been to D.C., as well. The focus of all this investigating by Popkey is apparently Craig's personal life since he got married and the rumors of his homosexuality--a heretofore evaded topic in Idaho's local press. The story could be a lot clearer in a week or two when Popkey's column is published.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 05:58 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site