Capitol & State

Otter names Kasich his pick for president

Gov. Butch Otter has saved his endorsement for president for a fellow Republican governor, someone with executive experience. With Jeb Bush’s departure from the race following the South Carolina primary Saturday, that left only one option, and Otter Wednesday named his pick. Otter endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president and joined the candidate’s leadership team as a national co-chair.

“There’s simply no substitute for executive experience,” Otter said in a statement released by the Kasich campaign. “His record of results is unmatched by any other candidate, and it is time for Republicans to coalesce around his vision for our nation. I look forward to spreading his message of optimism and strength here in Idaho.”

Kasich said: “As a fellow sitting governor, Butch Otter knows what it takes to be an executive and make tough decisions. I’m grateful for his support and confidence in our campaign as we continue to expand our ground operations in Idaho.”

The Idaho Republican presidential primary is March 8. Kasich has been running next to last in polling behind frontrunner Donald Trump and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and ahead of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @IDSBillD