The Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey reported Dec. 9 that Otter made the remarks at the Dec. 6 winter meeting of the Associated General Contractors:
"The 71-year-old governor joined his sympathetic audience with a full belly laugh. He then added that re-electing a Legislature with a GOP supermajority and 'stayin' the course' is a corollary to extending his continuous run in high office to 32 years."
Just a few hours later, Fucler said that Otter's joke "exemplifies his out-of-touch attitude."
"That said, I do understand his anxiety," said Fulcher. "If my legacy was characterized by fighting to raise gas taxes and voluntarily implementing Obamacare state exchanges, I would be anxious, too."
Popkey also reports that Otter told the contractors that he expected a short 2014 session of the Idaho Legislature. That said, the 2014 elections season already seems long.