He's the Governor, So Send His Friends Money

2011-09-01T01:00:00Z 2011-09-01T07:02:29Z He's the Governor, So Send His Friends Money Twin Falls Times-News
September 01, 2011 1:00 am

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.

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  1. toolfan4439
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    toolfan4439 - September 02, 2011 7:56 am
    As long as Idaho is a one sided state when it comes to politics, the politicians will ignore pretty much anything because they know if they throw an R next to their name, they will win.

    Look at the senator who got busted for stealing the pick-up and DUI, totally swept under the rug. Look at Luna who is going to send $6-$10 million to Virginia for online schooling, he wants to be the next governor.

    If voters don't wise up, we will continue to see the same crap indefinitely.

    Idaho is basically last in so many areas (health of children, families in poverty, mental health assistance, college funding and public school funding, wages, etc...)

    November 2012 will give people a chance to change direction.
  2. Jim_Bob
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    Jim_Bob - September 01, 2011 2:54 pm
    rmjskbnstt said: "Good for Mr. Otter, he actually is doing what most of us Idahoans hired him to do.....just keep on keepin on Butch!"

    I originally thought you approved of "Butch" and his policies but after reading your other comments I realized you were just a troll. GG

  3. Jim_Bob
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    Jim_Bob - September 01, 2011 2:37 pm
    Just like SKC_ID said, rmjskbnstt is fully behind "Butch". I guess ignorance is bliss....
  4. rmjskbnstt
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    rmjskbnstt - September 01, 2011 1:41 pm
    Good for Mr. Otter, he actually is doing what most of us Idahoans hired him to do.....just keep on keepin on Butch!
  5. citizen51
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    citizen51 - September 01, 2011 8:43 am
    Well written editorial.
  6. SKC_ID
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    SKC_ID - September 01, 2011 7:56 am
    The really sad part is that the quarter-million Idahoans who voted to hire him to run the state will see absolutely nothing wrong with this.

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