House Speaker Lawerence Denney said Wednesday that he will campaign in earnest to win two more years as the House's top leader, despite a challenge from Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke.
Bedke, R-Oakley, gave money to more than 40 GOP House candidates, while Denney's contributions were more limited. But with the composition of the House set by Tuesday's election, Denney, R-Midvale, sounded undaunted by the upstart's challenge.
"The game is on," Denney told me. "We know the players."
Almost every member of the Legislature is expected for the biennial North Idaho tour, which runs Sunday through Tuesday in Lewiston and Moscow.
"I'll be aggressively campaigning from here on," Denney said.
Asked about Bedke's largesse with GOP House members and his failure to match that money, Denney chuckled and said, "Well, I didn't have it."
Bedke declined comment.
The election will be decided at a closed-door party caucus on Dec. 5, with formal ratification by the House at the Dec. 6 organizational session.
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