Several weeks ago, John Gotts said he was in the process of moving from Idaho, selling his social media startup company, and planning to move to Kansas — to run, at Kansas GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's urging, for a legislative seat.
Now, after questions had been raised about whether Gotts had even moved to Kansas, he now says he is staying put, and not running for office in Kansas.
From Gotts' Facebook page, here's a post dated Sunday:
"My wife and I have reluctantly decided not to continue our campaign for State Representative. It was our intention up until about a month ago to sell our Idaho-based business and return to Atchison, Kansas. Since then we’ve decided not to sell the company and for that reason must remain in Idaho. My wife also has an elderly grandparent who is hospitalized and that also weighed on our decision. If elected we would therefore not be able to fulfill our duties for Kansas State Representative — District 63. Having talked with the Secretary of State this last week we understand that by stepping aside the Kansas GOP will have twenty-one days to find a suitable replacement."
Gotts, a former Boise resident, now says he lives in Hailey. When he was in Boise, he was something of a Statehouse fixture; several Republican legislators used Chumly, Gotts' social media management application. Gotts, meanwhile, had voiced interest in running for Idaho Legislature, but never filed the paperwork.
For the backstory, here's a link to my Aug. 2 blog post about Gotts' Kansas candidacy — and residency questions.