Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher is asking supporters to make his challenge to GOP Gov. Butch Otter look like a serious threat come late January.
Fulcher, R-Meridian, wrote supporters Friday, saying his year-end Sunshine Report “will be an important indicator of the level of Conservative grassroots support throughout the state for my campaign. By making a donation today, you commit to stand with me as I fight to resist federal control, put Idaho on the right track, and help our economy grow.”
Fulcher, sharpening his anti-establishment campaign, takes aim at Otter’s 27 uninterrupted years in high office, writing, “For decades, Idaho has had the same political operatives working the system. Now we are dealing with health care mandates, a lack of job opportunities, and federal intrusions that threaten our personal liberties.”
Fulcher’s annual report will show how his fundraising is going since he announced his challenge just before Thanksgiving. Though the commercial real estate salesman says he expects to be outspent by Otter, respect demands a good showing at the cash box at the start. Annual reports are due Jan. 31. The primary election is May 20.
Otter’s mid-year report was anything but splashy, with just $84,369 in fundraising in the first six months of 2013. Look for a better showing from Otter now that the race has taken shape.
With Fulcher and a serious Democrat, multimillionaire A.J. Balukoff, in the race, Otter’s spending will be in the neighborhood of $2 million. In 2010, without a serious primary challenge, Otter spent $1.8 million.