Rep. Scott Bedke was telling the Idaho Press Club a story about how well lawmakers and Gov. Butch Otter get along, by remembering a time several found the governor in his office in the early morning and came in to visit. “We went in and talked to him in an informal way, ate jelly beans out of that crystal cowboy hat that he has on the desk there,” Bedke recalled. At that point, Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes interjected, “By the way, there’s two flavors – ear wax and booger.”
“Said Sen. Geddes,” Bedke said. Geddes responded, “My kids read Harry Potter.”
Asked about it, Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian, said, “I’ve had those jelly beans – they’re disgusting.” But they’re not Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans of Harry Potter fame, Hanian said. They’re sour apple and some other actual flavor. “They’re legitimate jelly beans, they’re not practical joke jelly beans,” Hanian averred.