Guest Opinion: GOP loyalist says Otter's Republican style is "unfaithful"

May 16, 2014 

I am aggravated with the self-proclaimed head of our Republican party, Gov. C.L.. "Butch" Otter. We continually read from all of the papers across Idaho bashing Governor Otter concerning scandal after scandal and repeated allegations of cronyism. More disturbing is that the claims of corruption and cronyism are not just a liberal rant from leftist liberals like Taule and Trilhaase. They are actually true.

Otter has a history of being unfaithful to the Republican Party. In 2006, Otter used his puppet State Republican Party chairman at the state convention in Idaho Falls to oppose several Republican Party platform positions that were important to rank and file party members.

In 2008, Otter put on the stink face and left pouting from the state convention in Sandpoint after convention delegates refused to re-elect his hand-picked, good-old-boy puppet chairman, Kirk Sulllivan. Since 2008, Otter has abandoned the Republican Party rather than lead the Republican Party. He has withdrawn traditional forms of funding and key personnel to enrich his own campaign and starve the Republican Party of funding necessary to promote the party platform. For the past six years, he has chosen to operate his own "shadow party" built on a backroom culture of political cronyism and favoring his friends and donors at the taxpayers' expense.

Otter has simply lost his way. As witnessed this year, Otter is supporting primary candidates against established conservative legislators like Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth and others who have dared to oppose his liberal policies, such as implementing Obamacare through the Idaho state exchange. We read reports of the recent standoff between the governor and State Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, where Otter falsely accused Peterson of intimidating candidates for precinct committee positions. Otter's re-election team is also flush with lobbyists and insider cronies. Idaho's governor is so out of touch and self-absorbed he even declared that Idaho's greatest challenge for 2014 is "gettin' me re-elected."

Otter also refuses to endorse the Idaho Republican Platform, choosing not to complete the platform survey or even state publicly what portions of the platform he disagrees with or why. His opponent in the May 20 primary, respected State Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, on the other hand, has embraced the platform in full.

The Republican Party Platform is the North Star that shines forth those time-honored Republican principles that we as Republicans rely on for liberty and freedom. In a world wrought with increasing liberal thought, it is more important than ever for us to embrace the Republican platform principles and hold those who stray from them accountable, even our very own governor, when necessary.

Beck is a businessman who lives in Idaho Falls.

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