Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he can support either of two candidates he expects to run for the office next week.
The prospects are Elmore County GOP Chairman Barry Peterson and GOP Legislative District 14 Chairwoman Gayann DeMordaunt, the wife of freshman GOP Rep. Reed DeMourdaunt, R-Eagle.
"I was hoping to avoid a floor fight, but I gave both of them the green light," Otter said.
Four years ago, the Idaho Republican Central Committee rejected Otter's choice, then-Chairman Kirk Sullivan, and elected lawyer/lobbyist Norm Semanko. Semanko is not seeking another term at next week's state convention in Twin Falls.
After his speech to the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, Otter briefed House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill on the chairmanship race. He then spoke to me about the contest.