(KCPW News) Speculation abounds on who will be appointed as Utah's next Lieutenant Governor after Gary Herbert vacates the position to assume his new job as the state's seventeenth governor. One name on the list of possibilities is Speaker of the House of Representatives David Clark, who says he's happy where he's at right now.
"Politics is a very fickle animal and it changes every 15 minutes. So if I'm the flavor of the last 15 minutes, somebody else will be the flavor the next 15 minutes," Clark says. "I am very happy being the Speaker. My colleagues have entrusted me in that. It's been a position that has, you know, the hand on the wheel of policy for the state of Utah. And I think I'm going to continue that process. At least that's my thoughts for today."
Clark says he doesn't see anything coming that would change his mind.
Another possible candidate is Senate President Michael Waddoups, but he doubts he'll be picked.
"Well, that's flattering and complimentary of course. And I'm glad that people think of me," Waddoups says. "I think there are candidates out there that would do a better job of bringing additional voters to the Herbert campaign when he runs for reelection. I think that's a critical thing, so I don't anticipate having an offer made to me."
Waddoups says he has a list of about 50 candidates he thinks would be a better pick than him. He likes the prospects of Salt Lake County Councilman Michael Jensen and State Senator Greg Bell. Waddoups says even if he were offered the position, he isn't sure he'd take it. He says he enjoys his spot at the helm of the Senate.