Lt. Gary Herbert hasn't even been sworn in as governor yet and already there is a movement afoot in the Utah Republican Party to challenge him in the 2010 special election.
GOP sources are buzzing about a draft Kirk Jowers movement. The plan is for Jowers, the director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, to run for governor and Josh Romney, the son of 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to run as his lieutenant-governor running mate.
The two made an appearance together at an ice cream social held recently by Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah County.
Herbert is keeping a low profile until he is officially sworn in as governor, which will occur when the U.S. Senate confirms Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to China.
Jowers reportedly was being courted by Herbert to be his lieutenant governor, but turned it down. Now, sources say, he is looking at the top job and is being encouraged in some Republican circles to challenge Herbert at the GOP convention next year.
Jowers is a veteran of the 2000 John McCain presidential campaign and the 2008 Romney campaign. Josh Romney is a real estate developer.
A new profile? » Alleged Ponzi-schemer Rick Koerber has toned down his self-proclaimed title since he was indicted on fraud charges by a federal grand jury.
Koerber, a conservative talk radio host, contributor to Republican and conservative causes and founder of the online FreeCapitalist.com, previously had the slogan at the top of his Web site: "Capitalist, Mormon, Dad."
Now on his Web site, since his indictment, he is just "Capitalist."
He dropped "Mormon" and "Dad."
For display only? » The Bridger Bay campground at Antelope Island State Park has had a bit of a makeover. The old shelters have been replaced with new, larger sheds and the new campground pads are twice as large as the old ones.
And, lo and behold, there are new iron fire pits.
But the signs on the entry road say: "No fires allowed ."
National recognition » Two Cottonwood Heights police detectives were honored as national "law enforcement officers of the year" at the national convention of Footprinters International in Lincoln, Neb., last weekend.
Detectives Dan Bartlett and Corbet Ford were honored for initiating and helping coordinate a lengthy undercover investigation that led to the arrest of Warren Stack. The physician was charged with multiple counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance, which prosecutors allege resulted in the overdose deaths of five people.
Dee Ann Sweat of the local Footprinters chapter was named chapter secretary of the year at the national convention.