At today’s City Club of Boise debate between Republican candidate for governor Butch Otter and Democratic opponent Jerry Brady, both candidates were asked their position on Proposition 2, the “regulatory takings” initiative. Brady said he opposed it, while Otter said he’s still undecided. Here are their comments.
Otter: “I have been going back and forth on Proposition 2. I’ve listened time and time again to both sides, and quite frankly I’m still confused because I don’t know exactly what it says.” Private property rights, he said, are “part of my core belief.” But, he said, “I also see the harm that it could potentially do to the cities being the architects of their own destiny. So I haven’t decided yet, but I will before I vote.”
Brady: “I know my mind on this subject and I’m against it. I know what’s in it. … What we have … is a wealthy man from out of state who is spending his money to come in here and try to change the way we protect our way of life (referring to the initiative’s main financial backer, eastern real estate investor Howie Rich). …. This … is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, folks, we should understand it and we should be very clearly against it.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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