A slow day in Wallace

Have you ever thrown a party and no one shows?

If it's any consolation, it even happens to the guv.

Gov. Butch Otter's monthly "Capital for a Day" travels took him to the North Idaho community of Wallace Tuesday. Not counting the bureaucrats, only two locals showed, according to style="text-decoration:underline;">the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review's Erica Curless.

“I’ve never seen so many suits in Wallace in my life,” Mayor Ron Garitone said. “Someone drove by a little while ago and asked who died.”

I kind of hope the Capital for a Day concept doesn't die. There's something to be said for taking the state government show on the road. (Full disclosure: I take up the cause of Capital for a Day on behalf of one satisfied customer, my father-in-law, who traveled from his Teton Valley home to take in an Otter Capital for a Day gig in Island Park.)

It cost $2,120 to fly seven state officials to Wallace for the day, Otter spokesman Jon Hanian said this morning. Other state officials drove to Wallace. Hanian says the turnout picked up as the day went on Tuesday, and says Capital for a Day has been a success in other Idaho communities.

"Every one of these that I've been to has been packed," said Hanian, who did not make the trip with the governor Tuesday. "We've had more questions than time."

(P.S.: For a second take on Capital for a Day, style="text-decoration:underline;">click here to read what Northwest political blogger Randy Stapilus has to say.)

Minnick is a draw!

While the Governor was appearing before two locals, Walt Minnick attracted a crowd of more than 30 "locals" to his Campaign Announcement at the Harding Family Center in Coeur d'Alene.

I've BEEN to Wallace...

The Mayor was close to correct : )