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First lady not enamored of hilltop mansion

It turns out that Idaho’s first lady, Lori Otter, doesn’t think much of the prospect of moving into her husband’s ex-father-in-law’s hilltop mansion, which is now slated to become Idaho’s governor’s mansion. “Frankly, it’s not in a condition where I’m comfortable using it,” she told the Governor’s Housing Committee on Friday. “I wouldn’t want my dog on the back porch. That thing goes straight down.” The Associated Press reports that the first lady presented a PowerPoint presentation showing cracked granite, peeling paint and more inside the vacant 7,400-square-foot home donated to the state by Idaho icon J.R. Simplot, for which a renovation fundraising drive has stalled.

The first lady suggested there might be better options for Idaho governor’s housing, from building a new home on a site the state long has owned for that purpose, to converting part of the old Borah Post Office into a fourth-floor governor’s penthouse and third-floor ballroom. Click below to read the full story from AP reporter Simon Shifrin.

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