Little gems among the campaign finance reports just filed today in the governor’s race include a $2,000 contribution to Butch Otter from none other than Jim Risch, the current governor. Risch had been widely expected to run against Otter in last spring’s GOP primary, but opted to run for another term as lieutenant governor instead – making him Idaho’s first-ever sitting governor to ask voters to demote him back to lieutenant governor.
Other interesting stuff: While Jerry Brady got $7,000 from Broadway Ford in Idaho Falls, Otter got $5,000 from Lake City Ford in Coeur d’Alene. Hmmm. And prominent Sun Valley arts advocate Glenn Janss gave $500 to Otter in mid-August, then $1,000 to Brady in September. Hmmmm. And finally, continuing a string of eerie commonalities between Otter and Brady (for example, both considered but then abandoned the idea early in life of pursuing the priesthood), their long lists of contributors filed today are nearly identical in length. Otter’s fills 122 pages, Brady’s 120.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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