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Letter: ‘I knew Pete Cenarrusa’

A letter to the editor in the Idaho Statesman today from Penny Ysursa, retired longtime employee of the Idaho Secretary of State’s office and wife of current GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, is drawing some attention; it’s aimed at Republican Lawerence Denney, who is vying with Democrat Holli Woodings to be Idaho’s next secretary of state when Ben Ysursa retires at the end of his current term. Before becoming Idaho’s Secretary of State 12 years ago, Ben Ysursa worked for the late then-Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa for 28 years, including 26 as his chief deputy. Here’s Penny Ysursa’s letter:

Where is Lloyd Bentsen when you need him? I keep reading or hearing Lawerence Denney comparing himself to former Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa. I worked for Pete Cenarrusa, I knew Pete Cenarrusa, he was a friend of mine. Lawerence Denney, you're no Pete Cenarrusa.

Penny Ysursa, Boise

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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