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Mansfield: Otter’s Camp Struggling?

Dennis Manfield, who ran for Congress and lost to Butch Otter, believes the slap the governor took at opponent Russ Fulcher yesterday shows something is unnerving his camp:

Otter doesn't bother with political slap-fests. In many ways he's always been above it. So this response by his camp is somewhat awkward to watch. Having run against him, myself, for US Congress, I can tell you that he's cool, calm and collected - always in control of events, causing things to happen without himself appearing to be struggling. He also makes things happen without it looking like he did anything to his opponents - in a sense, above the fray. But Idaho's demographics are changing - younger people who don't think of Governor Otter as their friend are shying away from elected officials who were against Obamacare before they were for it - and they may see their new premiums as too huge to pay. Full blog post here.

Question: Is Fulcher on the right side of a signature issue (Obamacare opposition) that could propel him to the Republican nomination for governor?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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