Last Friday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told reporters he was preparing to seek a third term next year, including raising money. What he neglected to mention was his campaign is hosting an “Idaho Code of the West BBQ” this Saturday at Turf Bar & Grill at Les Bois Park.
The invitation from the Otter for Idaho Host Committee also includes an image of Otter on horseback. Stoecklein, I’m told, won’t be there because of illness.
Tickets are modestly priced for such a campaign dinner, $75 per person and $125 per couple. Books will be available for purchase and autographs.
Prime sponsors are Intermountain Gas, Eli Lilly and Agri Beef. Choice sponsors were Coeur d’Alene Racing and Moneytree. Select sponsors are Watkins Distributing, Hayden Distributing, Idaho Distributing Co., Stein Distributing, lobbyist Jerry Deckard and House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley.
Last week, Otter resisted saying when he would make a formal announcement, saying, “I’m just not going to be pushed into a calendar. I got a lotta other things on my mind right now. You know, I just – I am planning on it. I’m fundraising. I’m doing those things that I can, at the same time that I’m trying to govern the state of Idaho.”
In calendar 2012, Otter for Idaho raised $134,513, spent $113,762 and had $76,928 in cash on Dec. 31. His campaign also reported $131,000 in debt.