LEWISTON -- He's one of Idaho's most-recognized political faces, a former Democratic governor in a Republican-dominated state.

But Cecil Andrus blames both parties for creating a leadership void -- and calls for a return to what he thinks were the good old days when public servants were interested in solving problems, rather than just raising money or getting re-elected.

He told the Lewiston Tribune that leadership at the national level is at almost zero for both of America's dominant political parties.

Andrus, elected four times in the 1970s, `80s and `90s, is also unhappy with Idaho's political direction, insisting a one-party system has emerged that's in the hands of a few powerful people like House Speaker Lawerence Denney who dictate the message.

Andrus says GOP leaders don't even allow dissent from within.

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