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Otter honors Andrus, says he learned from him, ‘We must govern’

Gov. Butch Otter is applauded at his final State of the State address on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Idaho state Capitol in Boise. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)
Gov. Butch Otter is applauded at his final State of the State address on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Idaho state Capitol in Boise. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Gov. Butch Otter, in his State of the State address today, paid tribute to the late Gov. Cecil Andrus, who he noted “gave even more State of the State speeches than me!”

“The outpouring of fond remembrance and well-earned respect for Cece was a welcome throwback to another political time,” Otter said. “In fact, one of the qualities I admired most about Governor Andrus was a lesson I internalized during my years in Congress: Simply saying ‘no’ is not enough. When the people of Idaho give us authority to act on their behalf, we must govern. Republican and Democrat. Majority and minority. Executive and Legislature. Together. To do less or to dither rather than decide is to shirk our duty and betray the public’s trust.”   



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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