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Fulcher on attending debates and forums with just Bayes and Brown: ‘It’s awkward’

Idaho GOP primary governor's debate on Idaho Public TV (Idaho Public TV)
Idaho GOP primary governor's debate on Idaho Public TV (Idaho Public TV)

With all the attention today on the antics of little-known GOP primary candidates for governor Harley Brown and Walt Bayes in last night’s debate, imagine what it’s been like for state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, appearing at forums with just those two – because Otter agreed to only one face-off, last night’s televised debate, and insisted that all four candidates be included. “I’ve gone to probably 11 candidate forums in the last 14 days all over the state, by myself I might add, or with Walt Bayes and Harley Brown,” Fulcher told Eye on Boise earlier this week. “Without Gov. Otter.”

Asked what it’s been like to appear with the other two candidates, Fulcher said, “It’s awkward, it’s awkward. It’s just, there’s a different motivation and I don’t completely relate to what their motives may or may not be, it’s not clear to me. So it’s hard. On a personal level, as far as I know, I like them personally. But it’s certainly difficult when you’re trying to do a debate or answer questions.”

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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