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Beef jerky: ‘A generous act of kindness’

Here’s Rep. Heather Scott’s reaction to the news that Oberto Brands in Seattle, a leading manufacturer of beef jerky, is planning to send her a free case of jerky: “Wow! That is awesome! What a generous act of kindness.”

Scott, R-Blanchard, attracted the company’s attention with her comment during last week’s special session of the Legislature, that, having brought beef jerky, she could “go for days.” That came after Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, Senate Judiciary chair, cautioned Scott about extending a hearing on child support enforcement legislation by asking so many questions of people testifying; at that point, the hearing had run well into the noon hour from its 9:30 a.m. start, with lots more people still to testify.

“They’re going to just give us bread and water here if we keep asking all these questions,” Lodge told Scott, who quipped, “Hey, I brought beef jerky, I’ll go for days.” Amid laughter, Lodge responded, “You’d better pass it out.” You can read my full Sunday column here at

Oberto marketing coordinator Courtney Roe said it’ll be the first time the beef jerky company has sent its product to a state legislator. “But I’ve sent some to a chef once in Seattle,” who commented in an article that his favorite snack was beef jerky, she said. “We do it every now and then for fans on Twitter as well.”

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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