NPR on Otter's Love Letter


It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's love letter to Washington and Oregon businesses.

Perhaps BW readers remember the Best of Boise award his mushy missive scored him in last year's best of the best round up:

There's no doubt about it, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is a hopeless romantic. His heart beats lustily, his cheeks flush crimson and he gets that "OMG-I-think-I'm-gonna-barf-but-I-like-it" feeling whenever he sees his dearly beloved: other states' businesses. Butch made his intentions known earlier this spring—when love is in the air—with gushy missives addressed to businesses in Washington and Oregon, asking them to move in with him here in the Spud State. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire spurned the erstwhile Romeo, stating that Washington firms are already in a stable, fulfilling relationship and they don't swing. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said he recognizes that tax concerns are making for a rocky relationship, but it's just a rough patch and it'll pass.

Thanks to NPR for rehashing it yesterday. From Austin Jenkins' report: "... has cupid's arrow struck in the heart of any Washington or Oregon businesses?" The answer, as Jenkins discovers, has a lot to do with perspective.