In an interview with Idaho Public Television's Thanh Tan earlier today, Uncle Butch apologized for his budget director, Wayne Hammon's, choice of words at Tuesday's budget hearing. Hammon accused budget writers of attempting to "sneak" a bunch of laptops into their budgets.
“It was probably poor timing to bring it up, especially the second day of the session and I apologize," Otter says in the video, set to air Friday in the first Idaho Reports of the session.
Otter admitted that Hammon made a "poor choice of words," but asked that lawmakers move on.
“I think we need to move beyond that,” he says. "I’ve asked both he and my chief to go back to the legislature and make it right because it was something we shouldn’t have done."
Tan plays back the clip of Hammon chastising the JFAC for the Guv... in case you missed it because there are only like a dozen chairs for the public in that room.
[Note: Do readers like Uncle Butch for the governor's citydesk nickname or have better suggestions? This is our first usage... though we brainstormed it biking in the fog yesterday.]