Sen. Steve Thayn has reversed his insistence that he has no interest in running to replace retiring GOP Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.
After Luna’s surprise announcement Monday that he won’t seek a third term, Thayn, R-Emmett, said he was focused on winning re-election in his massive district, covering Boise, Custer, Gem, Lemhi and Valley counties.
“I’m running for the Senate,” Thayn, R-Emmett, told me Monday, shortly after Luna’s withdrawal. “Why don’t people believe me? Is it something about my profession? Is it because I’m a politician?”
Thayn was chuckling as he said this. And perhaps the joke was on me, as I wrote a column Tuesday reporting that Thayn was out of the mix to succeed Luna.
By Wednesday, Thayn had executed a classic political flip-flop, telling Idaho Education News, “I am considering it.”
Thayn told IEN he expects to make his decision soon out of deference to other potential candidates for a possibly open Senate seat and Republicans who open the annual Lincoln Day circuit Friday night in Weiser.
“I think it’s important to announce sooner than later, so people can make those decisions,” Thayn told IEN.