C. L. Otter

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C.L. "Butch" Otter is Republican Governor of Idaho. He was the former Representative for the 1st District, which he served for three terms: 2000-2006. Otter was the Lt. Gov. of Idaho from 1984-2000. He was also elected to two terms in the Idaho State House beginning in 1972.

Background

Butch Otter was born in Caldwell, Idaho on May 3, 1942. He served in the Idaho Army National Guard from 1968-73.

Sounding Like a Democrat

Rather than engage in fear-mongering like his counterpart in the 2nd District of Idaho, Rep. Otter sounded more like a Democrat when commenting on revelatiuons of the second Bush administration's unconstituional warrantless surveillance of Americans by the NSA. "The Founders envisoned a nation where people's privacy was respected and the government's business was open. These actions turn that vision on its head. If the government is willing to bend the rules on this issue, how are we supposed to believe it won't abuse the powers granted in the Patriot Act." Source: Christopher Smith. "Idaho Lawmakers Mixed Whether Bush's Domestic Spying Justified." The Associated Press State and Local Wire. December 23, 2005. How indeed?

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