AP: Trump special assistant considers run for Congress

The former director of President Trump’s Idaho campaign is considering his own run for office.

On Monday, Layne Bangerter told Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press that he is weighing a run in the 1st Congressional District. Bangerter told the AP that he is considering several options, including a U.S. Department of Agriculture appointment.

“I’m still working out the logistics, but if it unfolds, it’ll be a great time,” Bangerter said.

Bangerter, a Melba Republican, is a former aide to Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo. He is now a special assistant to Trump, working on reforming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The GOP’s open race in the 1st District grew more crowded Thursday. Former state Sen. Russell Fulcher dropped his run for governor to run for Congress — and along the way, he secured the endorsement of outgoing 1st District incumbent (and current gubernatorial candidate) Raul Labrador.

Former attorney general and Lt. Gov. David Leroy filed campaign paperwork in May, several days before Labrador filed his paperwork for governor.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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