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Best Politician's Quote About His Ex-Wife 

Butch Otter on why he scored with Simplot's daughter

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The Statesman story was pretty bland material, about high-tech funding in Idaho. Ho hum, we said, until we got to the end, where Otter talked about the importance of the former Boise Junior College, now Boise State, to the state's future.

And that's where he let slip that his grades were lousy, but they let him in anyway, because he married into the right family.

"I played football well enough that they kind of looked the other way," Otter said of the school administration. "It also didn't hurt that I married Mr. Simplot's daughter, who was one of their great benefactors. It shows you the extent of what any Idaho kid will do to get an education."

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