Isabel Bilbao of KTVB news is reporting that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has “a few other names he’s looking at” to replace Sen. Larry Craig – if or when he resigns.
Just a few hours ago, Otter’s spokesman Jon Hanian told NewWest.Net/Boise: “Until the Senator officially resigns, the governor has no role to play.” There is no official deadline for naming a replacement.
Bilbao, who has done an impressive job chasing the Craig story, says that Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson are indeed on the list, but so are attorney general Lawrence Wasden, Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Dane Watkins, and Boise attorney David Leroy.
UPDATE: Now, Senator Craig has reportedly told Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell that he won’t resign if he can get his legal case overturned and cleared, according to KTVB and the Associated Press.