Election Central

Otter will welcome Fulcher as part of GOP leadership team

Despite a challenge in the GOP primary from Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, Gov. Butch Otter said Friday that he won’t keep Fulcher from meetings in the governor’s office with legislative leadership.

Otter’s office declined comment Thursday as Fulcher said he would remain in leadership and expected to be fully included despite his challenge to Otter.

“I have no reason to change,” Otter told reporters at a pre-legislative meeting hosted by The Associated Press. “The Senate has decided who their leadership team is and I’m going to welcome that team into my office.”

Asked if he expected the session to be colored by “political theater” stemming from Fulcher’s challenge in the May 20 primary, Otter said, “I guess that remains to be seen. Let me just say that I think we both have the interest of the people’s work at heart.”

As for whether Otter will be as frank in his meetings with Fulcher in the room, Otter joked that he wished he could say that was a matter he’ll reveal in his Monday State of the State Address — which he typically declines to discuss in advance.

“But the answer to that is ‘no comment,’” Otter said.



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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