Let’s pretend that Democrat Keith Allred, and not Republican C.L. “Butch” Otter, had been elected governor of Idaho last November.
And let’s say that you opened your mailbox Monday morning to find an envelope with Allred’s name on the return address
The letter, let’s pretend, was from the Idaho Education Association soliciting funds to help overturn Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s education reforms of the past legislative session.
“Your contribution of $500, $250, $100 or $50 will help protect Idaho children,” the letter might have read. “It’s up to us here in Idaho to set an example that the rest of the country will follow.“
Send Allred the money, the letter might have asked, care of the IEA.
Republicans in his state — and a lot of independents — would have gone into orbit, and rightly so.
And yet that’s exactly what our Republican governor did for the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a conservative lobbying organization that supports Otter’s agenda.
Call us cynical, but we were under the impression that the governor of this state wasn’t supposed to be the agent of any special interest group.
If Otter wants to write a personal check to the IFF or attend one of its fundraisers, that’s his business. But he went too far when he signed up to be its shill.
IFFhas mailed out a similar solicitation under the signature of former U.S. Sen. Steve Symms, R-Idaho. That’s perfectly appropriate; Symms is a private citizen.
Otter is not. More than a quarter-million Idahoans voted to hire him to run the state, not a marketing campaign for his favorite private cause.