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.