Otter to pitch for Romney Monday in North Idaho; Paul dribbles out endorsements

Gov. Butch Otter will be in Coeur d'Alene at 5:15 p.m. Monday for a meet-and-greet sponsored by the Romney campaign on the eve of Idaho's Super Tuesday caucus, according to a news release from the Romney campaign.

The free event is at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Meanwhile, Ron Paul touted endorsements from GOP state Reps. Pete Neilsen, R-Mountain Home, Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, in a weekend news release. Also backing Paul are Mullan City Councilman Chuck Reitz, who is Shoshone County GOP Chairman, and Boise County GOP Chairman John Blattler.

"Idaho leaders such as these and Dr. Ron Paul share the same deep respect and abidance to the Constitution and the rule of law," said Paul's Idaho State Director Jen Pitino in the release. "These citizens are chosen by their neighbors for representing these conservative principles. Their endorsements of Congressman Paul’s bid for President attests to his unwavering Constitutional principles and consistent voting record."

The Paul release also recycled earlier endorsements from GOP state Sens. Shirley McKague of Meridian and Monty Pearce of New Plymouth and state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. Also, Paul reminded voters of his support from Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Steve Adams, Lewiston City Councilman Clinton Daniel, Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor, and Payette County GOP Chairman Nate Jones.

Romney, however, has a huge lead in Idaho endorsements, with Otter, U.S. Sen Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Controller Donna Jones in his camp.

Romney also has the support of more than 30 GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill.

Rick Santorum runs third in the endorsement horse race, with Treasurer Ron Crane his most prominent backer. Newt Gingrich hasn't made claim to any endorsements and despite a single appearance in North Idaho last month, does not appear to have an active grass-roots campaign in the state.


If not surprising, at least it is clear that the GOP establishment in Idaho has picked its establishment candidate. That way I suppose we know who to ask when or if the state wide caucus turns into a fracas.

Actually the news media

Actually the news media picked Romney a long time ago and the GOP just went along with them whittling down our candidates. That's one reason anymore I don't care if I fall on the side of the GOP or not. They fall along the same line as me great if not, TOUGH! Bunch of RINO loving numskulls anyway.

Rick Santorum

is an idiot who aspires to an office he apparently has absolutely no respect for... doesn't say much for Ron Crane, either.

Rick Santorum

Represents the idiocracy of the Republican Party and the diversity of non-mainline positions of a group of Minorities - trying to twist their way into a majority. Who be the fools? In the current lead is the Catholic Church who at one hand is trying to suppress their own and the rest of the country with their attitude toward birth control and at the other hand trying to contain the news of more than a thousand priests who have shown a perverted desire for young boys. I don't remember hearing of one priest going to jail for this biblical abomination. Our group consists of a majority of the "very rich" Evangelistas who want to control every one else, the Tea Party, who wants to pull a big "Plug" that will drown the country and finally the catholic church who has no place in a "free society" - Who be the fools? Oh, they agree on one thing in unison - they don't want Obama to be re-elected - why... It appears much of this is a certain prejudice - unspoken - yet, true to be. In the last election ("W") The Evangelistas claimed to be 100 million people strong! What a disgrace in Christianity.

and one I'd like to see get

and one I'd like to see get the nomination if not Newt. If it does nothing more then P I S S of the liberaltards, it will be worth it!

Mitt Romney

Otter is part of the problem. What Problem?
Mitt Romney. Idaho would be better without either.

I AGREE! We need a strong

I AGREE! We need a strong Conservative and NOT a liberal tarian.


Nothing like following up a tax cut for the wealthy with a campaign for one.

How is he???

Getting there and who is paying for the trip?

Is this taxpayer funded?

Don't worry, it will

Don't worry, it will certainly cost less then even ONE of the Obama's vacations!

Ron Paul = Phil Hart

Nuff said.

Tell Paul there's a pill for that.


Believe in yourself. At least you won't troll yourself in blogs.

If Otter is pitching for Romney...

Is Romney on the DL?


Believe in yourself. At least you won't troll yourself in blogs.


The Republicans should start over. None of these candidates are worth a hoot.

Butch Otter/Secretary of the Interior

My guess is Mr. Otter is campaigning to land a "no show" job in DC if Mitt wins. It won't happen but I'd rather see him in DC than Idaho.