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Idaho governor undergoes 2 back surgeries in a week

UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is seen in this photo from April 6. Otter’s staff says the Idaho Republican  has undergone surgery twice in the past week to address a bulging disk in his back. (Kimberlee Kruesi / AP)
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is seen in this photo from April 6. Otter’s staff says the Idaho Republican has undergone surgery twice in the past week to address a bulging disk in his back. (Kimberlee Kruesi / AP)
Associated Press

BOISE – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s staff says the Idaho Republican has undergone surgery twice in the past week to address a bulging disk in his back.

Jon Hanian, Otter’s spokesman, said Friday that the governor is expected to continue to do some state business via telephone and working closely with his staff. However, no meetings or public events are scheduled for Otter next week.

Otter first underwent surgery on July 7 – which his staff did not disclose during last week’s weekly media advisory for the governor. A second surgery was scheduled for Friday after further testing.

Hanian says Otter will be back to work at the Capitol as soon as possible.

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