Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Rex Rammell Candidacy

Posted By on Wed, Jul 4, 2007 at 4:00 AM

It's hard to see this as anything other than a grudge match, but campaigns have been built of flimsier things.

We speak, of course, of the U.S. Senate candidacy of Rex Rammell, reported here by Betsy Russell from the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review. Why is his name newsworthy? Only because he let a herd of domestic elk escape his ranch, then got into a series of public spats with wildlife officials, law enforcement, and one guy who, at the time, was running our state.

So when Lt. Gov. Jim Risch said he was looking at running for the seat that might get vacated by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, Rammell wasn't slow on the draw, either.

According to Russell's report, Rammell isn't necessarily interested in running against Craig; no sane Republican should bother trying, most pundits believe.

So what about this isn't a grudge match? Jill Kuraitis over at New West does some rethinking of the Rammell story.

Over in the other column, Democrat Larry Larocco has steadfastly ignored the GOP hubbub, and focused instead on his own campaign, where he's raising cash and doing odd jobs. Yep, just like he did in the 1980s, in another campaign, LaRocco is busy taking odd jobs around the state, ostensibly to get some insight into the daily doings and needs of Idaho's working class.

Over to you, Senator Craig. When will we hear the news?

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