Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is being uncharacteristically tight-lipped about his plans to seek a fourth four-year term next year.
Friday’s news that former House Speaker Lawerence Denney has established a campaign fundraising committee would seem to demand a response from the voluble Ysursa.
But Ysursa didn’t respond to the John Miller of the Associated Press on Friday. On Monday, he offered me a brief email reply: “I intend to make my future plans known within the next few weeks. Until then I really have no comment.”
I’ve done some reporting to figure out what’s up and it seems to me neither man has made up his mind. If Ysursa retires, a run by Denney becomes far more likely, as Denney’s allies acknowledge the difficulty of challenging a popular figure whose job is largely administrative.
My column will explore the issue Tuesday. Look for it and let me know what you think.