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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's Refusal to Meet With the Idaho Press Club

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In March, Butch put his foot down and told the Idaho Press Club, "I don't wanna, and you can't make me." Yes, some liberties were taken with the actual verbiage. (In fact what Otter's spokesman John Hanian told Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey wasn't far off: "The governor said, 'Look, I'm not going to do it this year.'") However, the message was clear. Otter declined to address the Idaho Press Club during the legislative session as governors have done each year since the 1970s, instead sending Lt. Gov. Brad Little (sucks to be the No. 2 guy in a two-man department). In an editorial Popkey asserted that perhaps old Butchy poo just felt a little too beat up by we mean old journalists in past years to play at all this year. Isn't there a ribbon that needs to be cut somewhere, Butch?

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