Rep. Cliff Bayer challenging No. 2 Idaho House Leader Mike Moyle

Bayer, R-Boise, is taking on Moyle, R-Star, who was elected House Majority Leader in 2006.

Bayer said his work on the budget committee has built good rapport with colleagues and that he's well suited to be part of the leadership team in a difficult 2011 legislative session.

"We're in a very challenging year, one of the toughest budget years ever," Bayer said Wednesday. "I believe I have things to offer in a leadership position, including professionalism and good relationships with the Senate and the governor's office."

Bayer has been quietly campaigning in the 57-member GOP caucus and made a number of campaign contributions to colleagues for the 2010 election. He also walked precincts for a half-dozen candidates.

Bayer phoned Moyle on Monday night to inform him of his challenge, the same day Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, said he would be stepping down after a decade as the Senate's top leader.

Moyle had toyed with the idea of challenging House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, but now says he'll defend his spot as the GOP's floor leader.

"You take every race seriously," Moyle said. "I won by 13 votes when I first ran for the Legislature."

Bayer was elected Nov. 2 to a fifth two-year term. He has been an influential member of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee and is a close ally of newly elected 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador.

Moyle was elected to a seventh term.

At least one other House leadership race will be decided at the GOP closed-door caucus on Dec. 1: House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini of Coeur d'Alene is challenging Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly.

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wow, this could be really interesting

Cliff Bayer in the House, and Russ Fulcher in the Senate. Go District 21! :)

Sandra??? Cheerleading instead of policy?

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oh, I have policy opinions

but just for the coolness factor, it'd be interesting to have members of leadership from my district. :)

(p.s. it's Sharon, but that's ok. I also get Sherry, Sarah, and all manner of other names.)

BUT WHERE IS OPTIMUS PRIME???

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More than meets the eye!

PS Don't you dig being a Woman Of Mystery?

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Been searchin' every which way

One of the few conservative

One of the few conservative districts considered part of Boise. But hey, there is always the split District 18 with new freshman Republican Senator Mitch Toryianski and 4 time legislator (though not for 06 and 08) Julie Ellsworth.

nonini -- joke

Well, Nonini will give the news media lots of write about. He's a joke but Roberts is easy lead so it's a toss up.

Mike is not going anywhere

You never seem to be able to get rid of a republican, he will never be out of the spotlight or a job none the less.

Republicans

They are both republicans. Moyle has a reputation as a bully and has more than one adversary in the legislature. Bayer could pull this off...
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Bayer might fix that headache.

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