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Mon., Feb. 2, 2009, 1:40 p.m.

Guv goes in for shoulder surgery

Gov. Butch Otter went in for shoulder surgery today, after a recent team roping accident, according to the email message below that went out today to state agency heads. Click here to read a letter from First Lady Lori Otter about what happened, which says in part, "The Governor zigged and his horse zagged; he caught the steer, but his shoulder didn't fare well!" Otter missed a crucial month of last year's legislative session when he unexpectedly went in for hip surgery; while he was gone, legislators stalled much of his agenda. Here's the email from Otter's chief of staff, Jason Kreizenbeck:

From: Jason Kreizenbeck
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 1:06 PM

Subject: Important Message

Honorable Constitutional Officers and Members of the Cabinet –

Attached to this note is an important letter from First Lady Lori Otter regarding the Governor.  Late last week, the Governor learned that he would need to go in for rotator cuff surgery to repair his shoulder following a recent team roping incident.  He will be having the surgery this afternoon, but should be home this evening.

We will be clearing the Governor’s calendar for the remainder of this week, but hope to ease him back into the office next week—which will probably be a welcome reprieve from his physical therapy.

The Governor thanks you all for your work and dedication.  Keep up the good work!

Thank you and let me know if you have any questions.

Jason B. Kreizenbeck

Chief of Staff

Office of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter

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