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Wed., Nov. 3, 2010, 1:38 p.m.

Former Otter chief of staff arrested for election-night DUI

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's former chief of staff was arrested early Wednesday morning on driving under the influence charges after attending an event celebrating the GOP's big wins in the previous day's election. Jeff Lyn Malmen, who is 43, was arrested by Boise Police Department officers and booked into Ada County Jail at about 4 a.m. before being released. He'd been drinking at Republican Party election night headquarters at the Doubletree Riverside hotel in Boise prior to his arrest. Malmen was Otter's chief of staff while Otter was a three-term U.S. House member and during Otter's first year as governor. Malmen left Otter's government in November 2007 to take a lobbying job with utility Idaho Power Co.

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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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