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Otter ‘Stoked’ To Address Tea Party

“He was happy as a clam – he was just absolutely stoked,” said Tea Party of Spokane spokesman Kirk Smith re: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s reaction to his group’s invitation to be the main speaker at its first anniversary celebration Thursday. Otter’s primary election opponents had varying responses. Rex Rammell, who’s been on national TV twice in the last three weeks talking about his support for the militia movement, accused Otter of trying to steal his platform. “Now that he’s up for re-election, he’s Mr. States’ Rights,” Rammell said. Sharon Ullman, an Ada County commissioner, said, “He’s certainly welcome to go do whatever he wants,” adding with a laugh that the speaking gig means Otter won’t be campaigning in Idaho that afternoon/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question (from opinionator Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman): Will Otter’s appearance at the Tea Party of Spokane event Thursday hurt him politically?