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Candidate says just joking about shooting the president

In more news from the campaign front, the Times-News reported today that GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell was highly critical of Gov. Butch Otter for not purchasing a wolf hunting tag on the first day they went on sale, which Otter didn’t do because he was attending the Lewiston funeral for the late Bruce Sweeney, longtime Idaho state legislator, former Senate minority leader, and a basketball chum of Otter’s from back in their legislative days. Rammell’s riposte: “That’s a lame excuse.” Really. That’s what he said. You can read the full story here from Times-News reporter Jared Hopkins, who also reports in the piece that when questioned, Rammell acknowledged saying at a Republican event this week amid discussion of the wolf hunt, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those,” but said it was a joke.

“I was just being sarcastic. That was just a joke,” Rammell told the paper. “I would never support him being assassinated.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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