Strategies 360 Shuts Down Idaho Office After Alignment With Otter

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Less than a week after former Democratic Party leader John Foster shocked more than a few former colleagues when he aligned himself with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to support so-called "Luna laws," Foster's employer, Strategies 360, has cut its ties to the former journalist and executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party and closed its Idaho office.

In Dec. 2010, BW spoke with Foster as he was about to open a new Boise office for Strategies 360, a Seattle-based consulting firm. But last week, when Foster announced that he would begin assisting Otter's fight against opponents to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's controversial education reform package, he lost at least one high profile client—the Professional Firefighters of Idaho.

In an e-mail to clients, friends and contacts, Foster confirmed that he was no longer employed by Strategies 360, nor was his business partner Kate Haas. Foster also confirmed that the Strategies 360 Idaho office had been shuttered.

"I am confident that both Kate and I will land on our feet," wrote Foster.

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