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Otter, Labrador Seek Consensus Chair

Gov. Butch Otter says he's spoken with three candidates to replace outgoing GOP Chairman Norm Semanko (pictured), who embarrassed Otter in 2008 when he ousted then-Chairman Kirk Sullivan. "I was roundly criticized by all you guys that I couldn't control my own party and I was probably the only governor in the United States that didn't have his choice as party chairman," Otter told me late last week. "I've been able to work with Norm, but you know, I just don't want that to happen again." ... First District U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, a key player in boosting Semanko in 2008, said Monday that he's hoping to agree on a consensus candidate with Otter, as well as his GOP House colleague, Rep. Mike Simpson, and Idaho Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Who would be a good choice to replace Norm Semanko as Idaho GOP chairman?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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