NEW YORK TIMES columnist Gail Collins has named Idaho Guv Butch for the second time in two weeks as a man she would like to see as a presidential candidate.
The Statesman’s political scribe, DAN POPKEY has piggy-backed on Collins’ piece and got an official spokesman statement that Butch is perfectly happy commuting from Star to Boise.
Not to be outdone in the game of piggy-backing news, the GUARDIAN is suggesting Otter issue a statement thanking the NY Times (see the salient parts of the column below) for the endorsement, but invite Collins to visit Idaho. Put her up at Sun Valley, tour the Sawtooths, observe the potato harvest, ride horses at the Guv’s Star ranch, and treat her to an “All Idaho” meal with choices of spuds, lamb, beef, alligator (grown at Hagerman), trout, Bud beer (Mormon grown barley and Phil Batt hops), all served on Idaho silver tableware.
From Collins NYT piece:
How about Idaho Gov. Butch Otter? I have been promoting him as a possible presidential contender, mainly because I like saying “Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.” But there’s much, much more there to recommend him. For one thing, I’m pretty sure he’d be the first president who was on the board of directors of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
One of Otter’s big initiatives this year was declaring the gray wolf an “emergency disaster” so people could shoot them. This could open up a useful debate on the hunting issue, which in presidential politics usually involves candidates bragging about their body count.
Finally, and this is very important, if Gov. Butch Otter became a presidential candidate, everybody in the media would have to go to Idaho to follow him around for a while. I have never been to Idaho, so I would like that very much.
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