Gov. Butch Otter is eager to fill the vacant Idaho House seat left by the resignation of Boise GOP Rep. Mark Patterson, but it won’t happen in a day and not before Idaho State Police complete customary background checks.
Otter’s spokesman Jon Hanian said Otter won’t have an announcement Friday after receiving three nominees for the post from the District 15 Republican Committee.
“We know there’s a vacancy and he wants to move as quickly as possible,” Hanian said. “But he’s going to do his due diligence.”
That includes the criminal checks as well as Otter’s touching bases with other people. It also may include interviews with candidates Rod Beck, Patrick E. McDonald and Sam Hoagland.
“If he makes some phone calls about a certain candidate, sometimes he’ll call them,” Hanian said. “It just depends.”
Otter has 15 days to choose among the trio, but hopes to act sooner. “I think he will come to a decision pretty quickly because that seat needs to be filled,” Hanian said.
The vacancy occurred Sunday, 12 hours before the Idaho Legislature convened, when Patterson resigned over the revelation that he’d pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit rape in 1974. Patterson announced his resignation Dec. 20, but made it effective Jan. 5.