BOISE — C.L. “Butch” Otter said Friday he is still waiting to see whether he will be appointed secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration.
Idaho’s governor, who is one of several candidates being vetted for the position, told a roomful of reporters and others at the Associated Press’s annual event previewing the legislative session that he watches the news every day to see if president-elect Donald Trump has made an announcement on who he’ll appoint for the post.
Otter also had kind words for former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who some media outlets have reported this week is now the top contender. Otter and Perdue served together on the National Governors Association and on the Republican Governors Association.
“There’s a lot of talent seeking that opportunity,” Otter said. “I would love that opportunity.”
Otter has spoken to Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. about the job, but hasn’t gotten too many followup questions since having that conversation. He said he suspects he would have heard more if he were going to be the appointee.
Agriculture secretary was Otter’s second choice for a job in the Trump administration. His first and third were Interior secretary and U.S. trade representative, and Trump has already announced his picks for both of those posts.
Were Otter to be appointed and step down, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who has already announced his intent to run for the top job in 2018, would become governor. Otter has said he does not intend to seek another term.