Democrat reports she can follow Otter on Twitter again

Sharon Fisher, the former House candidate from Kuna who scolded Gov. Butch Otter’s spokesman for suggesting she might benefit from tech support, says she’s back in the GOP governor’s Twitter fold.

“Just to follow up, I want to report that as of a few minutes ago, I can now follow the @ButchOtter account,” Fisher said in an email shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Fisher has a degree in computer science, has written books about the Internet and works as a social media content strategist. On Monday, Otter spokesman Jon Hanian denied anyone was blocked from viewing the governor’s Twitter account and suggested those having access problems call Otter aide Zach Forster for help.  “It is pretty straightforward and simple,” Hanian said.

“I don’t know if they did it on purpose or not,” Fisher replied Monday.  “If they say they didn’t, OK. It’s certainly possible that it’s some sort of Twitter glitch. But don’t tell me that I’m an idiot.”

Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, also reported being blocked on Sunday, but said she was able to access Otter’s account Monday. Both Fisher and Woodings provided the Statesman screen shots showing they were blocked.



Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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