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Mon., April 7, 2014, 4:26 p.m.

Why Not 4th, 5th Term For Otter?

If Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter wanted to turn the governorship into his personal kingdom for life, the system is solidly in place for him to do so. Otter will be 72 on May 3, and he doesn’t look it. He describes himself as “healthy as a horse,” and h every well could be feeling that way for many years – and decades — to come. So why not seek a third term in office? I didn’t think there was any way in the world he would be seeking a third term in the most demanding job in Idaho politics. But as long as he is feeling so well, then why not a fourth term? Or a fifth term? In 2034, he’ll only be 92 years old, so maybe he could think about an eighth term. Stranger things have happened. It has not been all smooth sailing for Otter in his two terms as Idaho’s chief executive. But, apparently, he loves his job. The perfect storm is in place for Otter to stay around for as long as he desires. Consider: There are no signs of widespread “Otter fatigue”/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: If Otter drubs Sen Russ Fulcher in GOPrimary, is there anyone who can stop him in possible runs for subsequent terms? And/or (for JenniferL & Co) Has the media given Fulcher adequate coverage?




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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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