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Fulcher rips Otter for ducking him, says record is ‘shallow’

Sen. Russ Fulcher says Gov. Butch Otter is afraid to defend his “shallow record” and limiting give-and-take to a single debate on Idaho Public Television May 14.

Speaking to about 100 people at an Ada County Republican Central Committee forum Tuesday night, Fulcher urged Otter’s supporters to “encourage him to engage. You deserve to hear from your governor, not just me.”

Fulcher appeared at four forums in the past week — Ada County Republican Women in Boise, Madison County Republicans in Rexburg, Southern Idaho Republican Women in Twin Falls and Tuesday’s event — that Otter skipped.

“I do believe the governor is conscious about the fact he’s got a shallow record,” Fulcher told the Statesman after his 10-minute talk. “He does not want to have to be in a public forum where he has to defend it.”

Otter replied on Wednesday that the pair have appeared at 21 Lincoln Day banquets since February. “In fact,” he said, “got one tonight, got two more this weekend. I got a full-time job. He duddn’t.”

In the video below, I asked Fulcher if he was calling Otter “chicken.” Click the arrow to see the candidate’s reply. For a complete story, check Thursday’s Idaho Statesman print edition or return to IdahoStatesman.com.

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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