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Otter on new ad: ‘That’s the one John Foster is running’

Gov. Butch Otter, asked about the new PAC that's running a TV commercial in favor of the "Students Come First" school reform laws, said, "That's the one that John Foster is running." Otter said, "There were other groups that came to us. ... It was sort of a division of labor, if you will." The governor said he's involved with the group "Yes for Idaho Education," the main PAC campaigning in favor of Propositions 1, 2 and 3, but other groups also are getting involved, "even private citizens, like Frank VanderSloot," Otter said. "He does his 'Community Page,'" VanderSloot's customary full-page newspaper ads. "That's independent."

Otter said Foster, a former aide to then-Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick, "came in early on and  he said, 'I think what you've done is great. I've got kids in school.'" Otter said, "He initiated some discussions with Tom Luna and with myself."

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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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