Rep. Lawerence Denney has won the support of two tea party favorites, GOP Congressman Raul Labrador and Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane in his bid for Idaho secretary of state.
Labrador and Crane will appear at a Statehouse news conference to announce their support at noon Tuesday. The media advisory came Friday afternoon, as Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane added former Controller Donna Jones to last week’s high-profile endorsements from outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former Gov. Phil Batt.
House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and a number of legislators also are supporting Denney, according to a news release from the Denney campaign.
Denney, of Midvale, was speaker of the Idaho House for six years, until he was defeated by his GOP Caucus in late 2012.
The other Republicans in the four-way primary vying to replace Ysursa as Idaho’s chief elections official are former Sens. Mitch Toryanski of Boise and Evan Frasure of Pocatello. The winner faces Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise in November.