I heard something interesting today.
The rumor on the street is that the Governor’s office is considering former house majority leader David Lust to assume the legislative vacancy caused by Representative Dan Dryden’s untimely passing.
Here’s where it becomes even more interesting.
What I’ve been told is that the former Representative is somewhat interested, but would be more interested if he could go back in at the top of the heap.
The word is that he is out contacting a few House members, and seeking support to run the house majority leader position. As you well know, with Brian Gosch’s term limit, and Steve Westra leaving, leadership is currently a great unknown in the house.
Rep. Qualm and Jean Hunhoff’s names come up in discussions over who may be running at this point for majority leader, but conventional wisdom would not indicate that either have any particular advantage.
Could Lust come in, and potentially ascend to the Republican throne after a gubernatorial appointment?
At the time of his previous departure, Lust was mired in a long running bout of Stace Nelson triggered misery, when the rogue legislator was accused of threatening a colleague, and in one memorable incident, was yelling at Lust across a committee room during a hearing, forcing the majority leader to deal with all the unpleasantry.
With Nelson likely to be the Senate’s problem this fall, Lust could return to a much more pleasant atmosphere. But he would have to get the leadership nod first.
And that’s not always so easy. Caucus elections can be a funny thing. Solid votes in your column sometimes evaporate when it’s time for people to make good on a commitment.
Will we see David Lust get the nod for Dan Dryden’s seat? Easily, he’s the best candidate the GOP could have in an unusual situation such as the Dryden vacancy, he has strong name identification in the district, and he could hit the campaign trail running.
It all depends on whether it ends up being worth his time or not.