… lieutenant governor.
That’s the news from this morning, as Brad Little began a 19-stop, statewide campaign kickoff tour with a fundraiser in his hometown of Emmett.
Little, a Republican, had been vague about his exact plans — saying only that he would announce his 2014 election intentions.
While Little will seek another term as Gov. Butch Otter’s second-in-command, he also made clear that he has his sights on other things. With a reference to Otter — who served a record 14 years as lieutenant governor, before his election to Congress and, ultimately, the governor’s seat — Little said this of his current job.
“I don’t know that I want to do it for 14 years,” said Little, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell. “You know you wouldn’t take the job if you didn’t think you had the skills to be governor.”
Otter appointed Little, a former state senator, in 2009. Little was re-elected in 2010.
In Idaho political circles, Little has been seen as a governor in waiting.
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Otter has said he plans to seek a third term, although he has made no formal announcement. Otter, who attended Little’s announcement Wednesday, also told Russell that he plans to serve out his third term if re-elected.
“I have no reason to believe I will not complete four years. … I’m healthy as a horse.”
No Democrats have announced their candidacy for governor, or lieutenant governor. Perennial fringe candidate Harley Brown has said he will oppose Otter in the GOP primary.