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Otter Gets In GOP Leader’s Face

Their noses the length of a toothpick apart, Gov. Butch Otter recently warned Idaho GOP Party Chairman Barry Peterson against intimidating candidates for precinct committee positions. Otter told Peterson that he heard from a “very reliable source” that Peterson contacted two candidates and their employers to complain about their running for two of the 924 precinct committee posts in the May 20 primary. That, Otter told Peterson, put the party at legal risk because of a citizen's right to political activity. Peterson denied applying any pressure, telling the Statesman, “I have not talked to either of those people.” Peterson and Otter both declined to name the pair, and Otter declined to name his source, though he said he heard the story in Twin Falls/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Frankly, I'm delighted to see out governor show such passion. Thoughts?

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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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