Best Lame Duck

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter

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If it looks like an Otter, walks like an Otter, but quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. Or a lame duck, to be pr cise. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has been somewhat of an enigma, jetting off to exotic locales like Maui, Florida and Las Vegas (the latter to attend a rodeo competition) while leaving the heavy lifting to Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Combine that with the fact that Otter, just more than a year-and-a-half through his second term, has had a helluva time getting his pet projects through the Legislature, and it starts to look a little like the Guv is phoning it in. First, it was roads in 2008 and 2009, when lawmakers balked at bills that Otter pushed to modernize Idaho's transportation infrastructure (he vetoed several bills and threatened others in response, to no avail), then Idaho GOP delegates went against his wishes and ousted party Chairman Kirk Sullivan at the 2008 convention. Since then, Otter has run up against opposition to a number of his initiatives and seems to have resigned himself to saber rattling over the federal Affordable Care Act and writing love notes wooing businesses from other states. When he abruptly announced in December 2011 that he plans to run for a third term in 2014, it looked suspiciously like trying to remind people that you're the governor ... by running for governor.

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