I’ll have a story in Friday’s paper about my interview with Gov. Butch Otter about how he relied on late Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa for advice. Otter called Cenarrusa his “political godfather.”
As Otter was weighing an issue or course of action, Cenarrusa would often ask, “How important is this to you?”
“A lot of things I haven’t done after being asked that question,” Otter said. “In all of the political guidance that Pete the godfather provided, I don’t think he ever steered me wrong.”
Otter also implies an answer to a bit of political legend about Cenarrusa’s piloting skills and the time he was late to a meeting in his home town, Carey.
“He said, ‘I can neither confirm nor deny,’” Otter said, laughing at the memory.
Cenarrusa’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Cathedral. We’ll also be covering that event.
To learn more, read Friday’s print edition or go to IdahoStatesman.com