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Otter Denies Labrador Snub

Some GOP insiders were left wondering where Butch Otter stood in the 1st Congressional District race for a few hours Friday afternoon after he failed to mention his party’s nominee for the race, Raul Labrador, in a keynote address to delegates gathered at the state convention in Idaho Falls.  Late Friday night, in another speech to Idaho Republicans at the Melaleuca ranch, Otter said that he didn’t mean to intentionally snub Labrador. A report appearing in several media outlets, including Huckleberries Online and the Idaho Statesman Friday afternoon speculated about the snub, questioning if there is still bad blood between the two men due to Labrador’s clashes with the governor during the 2009 legislative session over Otter’s proposal to raise the gas tax and car registration fees/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (AP/Post Register Photo, at Republican state convention: Monte LaOrange)

Question: Butch Otter denies that he purposely snubbed congressional candidate Raul Labrador by failing to mention him in his GOP convention address (even though his written speech, provided to reporters, had a line acknowledging Labrador). Do you believe the slight was unintentional?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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