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Otter: ‘I’m planning on running in 2014’

Asked why he chose to announce at a North Idaho fundraiser last month that he'll run for a third term as governor in 2014 - just one year into his current second term - Gov. Butch Otter said, "I didn't choose to make the announcement there. That was not part of my idea and part of my script. It was a fundraiser, and it's a fundraiser, by the way, that I started when I was in the United States Congress, of having a Christmas formal, a Christmas party, in northern Idaho. We do the same thing with a harvest ball in eastern Idaho. However, I responded to a question, and the question was are you planning on running in 2014. And my response was yes. So I was responding to a question." When reporters noted that he's been adept at dodging such questions on other occasions, Otter said, "I don't know that I've ever put myself on a schedule if I was uncertain about what I was planning on doing, and I'm planning on running in 2014 - and that was my response to that question."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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