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Decision 2006

Otter: 'Wasting my time' in Congress spurred governor run

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BOISE, Idaho - U-S Representative Butch Otter decided to run for Idaho governor two years ago after he became disenchanted with politics in the nation's capital and feared he was wasting his time.

Otter, a Republican who went to Washington D-C in 2001 to limit government, says "I just felt like I wasn't getting anywhere back there." In six years, he was primary sponsor of just four new laws, including two that renamed buildings in Boise.

Jerry Brady, his Democratic opponent in the November governor's race, says so few bills are a sign Otter hasn't worked effectively. Otter, meanwhile, counters that he helped set the agenda on national issues, especially with his opposition to the U-S-A Patriot Act in 2003. In the end, the four-time lieutenant governor says posturing in Congress left him "frustrated."

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