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Otter on ‘Five Wives’ vodka flap: ‘It could’ve been handled differently’

Gov. Butch Otter, asked about the "Five Wives" vodka flap, said, "I suppose it could've been handled differently. I expect next time it will be." He also said he stands by his liquor chief's decision, and didn't weigh in as the division flip-flopped and decided to allow the Utah vodka to be sold by special order in Idaho, despite initial concerns that the brand would offend Idaho's Mormon population. "They did the right thing in saying, 'If people want to special order it, we'll do that,'" Otter said.

He added, "I would anticipate that if we start getting a lot of call for Five Wives Vodka, well, we'll probably start stocking it." You can read my full Sunday column here.

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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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