Gov. Butch Otter is endorsing incumbent Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, in the May 15 GOP primary.
Lodge, chairwoman of the Senate's Health and Welfare Committee, faces Maurice Clements in the primary. Clements is a former legislator who served with Otter in the House from 1973 to 1976.
Here is the news release from the Lodge campaign:
The Lodge for Senate Campaign announced today that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has joined the growing list of conservative Republican leaders endorsing Sen. Patti Anne Lodge.
“Patti Anne is a good friend and a great senator for Canyon County. Sen. Lodge has been one of the most consistent conservative votes on the issues that are important to Idaho,” Gov. Otter said. “Her leadership in promoting Idaho products, protecting our freedoms and helping to keep recreational opportunities on Lake Lowell make Patti Anne Lodge the best choice to serve the people of District 11.”
“It’s been an honor working with the leadership of Governor Otter. Working together we have been able to stand up to the federal government on issues ranging from Lake Lowell to Obamacare,” Senator Lodge said. “Together, we are making important strides to protect states rights and enable Idahoans to make the right decisions for our future.”