“Not Wasting Idaho Taxpayer Money on Ridiculous Lawsuits” was formed within hours of Idaho joining 12 other states on March 23 in suing the United States to block the new health care law.
The Facebook page has a photo of Gov. Butch Otter carrying a shotgun on his shoulder, and the caption: “Seriously, Otter wants to spend taxpayer money to block our access to health care? Huh?”
The group says its product is “sanity” and it’s mission statement says: “Butch Otter’s lawsuit against the federal government is a waste of taxpayer money, especially in a year when school budgets and human services are being slashed. Why is this guy standing in our way, anyway? We want access to health care reform! Governor Otter says 'the new law infringes upon the constitutional rights of Idahoans.' What about our right to health care reform if we want it? Let's organize against this ridiculous stunt.
The founder of the group is Whitney Rearick of Boise, 40, who managed Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk’s 2004 campaign. She calls herself a “policy wonk” and has a master’s in policy and planning from Tufts University.
“It was just too rich to hear Otter and his cronies complain that Washington is not listening to them, while they ignored those of us who don't have an R (or, I suppose, a TP) next to our names,” Rearick told the Statesman in an e-mail, referring to the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement. “It's embarrassing, really, that they're spending all this time on a concept -- state sovereignty -- when in the real world, services are being decimated and health care bills are skyrocketing.”
Otter formally began his re-election campaign Wednesday morning in Post Falls. His gubernatorial spokesman, Jon Hanian, declined comment Wednesday on the new Facebook group.
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