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Otter won’t sign loyalty oath to party platform

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is the latest high-ranking Idaho Republican to say he won't sign a loyalty oath to the state GOP platform that was approved at the recent state party convention. "I understand the motivation behind that," Otter said, "but obviously there are things in there that I'd wholeheartedly support and things in there that I can't." The question of allegiance to the party platform, he said, "I don't think can be answered by a single signature."

The party-approved provision calls for all GOP candidates, before primary elections, to pledge to support the entire platform, or specify where they disagree.  GOP activist Rod Beck, who sponsored the measure after unsuccessfully pushing a similar proposal four years earlier, describes it as a "candidate disclosure."

Asked today if he'd participate in that disclosure process, Otter said, "Nope." However, an hour later, he said he'd consider specifying his disagreements with party platform planks before the next primary election, as the measure requires; but he said he didn't want to go into any specifics now. "Obviously things are problematic there," Otter said. "I'm not prepared to accept all or none. ... If somebody wants to know why ... I'm willing to give 'em why. Before the next primary, I'll do that."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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