With a shakeup in Idaho House Republican leadership likely in December, eight prospective candidates for leadership were among those attending the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry's annual meeting in Sun Valley.
The top two leaders — Speaker Lawerence Denney of Midvale and Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star — were among the guests at the three-day meeting that ends Tuesday morning. So were Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke of Oakley and GOP Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts of Donnelly, who are aiming at Denney and Moyle, respectively.
That leaves the No. 3 and No. 4 leadership spots open. The cattle call to succeed them is drawing a crowd.
On top of that, Roberts is interested in an appointment to Idaho State Tax Commission, which could mean even more change should Gov. Butch Otter name him to the job.
Otter's office wouldn't comment on a rumor that Roberts is a finalist for the vacancy left by the resignation of former Tax Commission Chairman Bob Geddes. Roberts said he's interested. "It's something that I've been asked to consider doing," Roberts told me last week. "Quite a few people have shown an interest in that position."
The eight possible candidates for House GOP leadership who were guests of IACI are Reps. Eric Anderson of Priest Lake, Brent Crane of Nampa, Reed DeMordaunt of Eagle, Marc Gibbs of Grace, Steve Hartgen of Twin Falls, Christy Perry of Nampa, Jeff Thompson of Idaho Falls and John Vander Woude of southwest Ada County.
A total of 48 elected officials and general election candidates were on IACI's guest list, including Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. Some were accompanied by their spouses.