Otter Uncensored 

Is Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in need of a cold shower? The red faces got redder throughout the afternoon as Otter addressed a live-radio broadcast of the City Club of Boise. First it was the joke about the hunter who, when he needed to relieve himself in the woods, accidentally sat on a bear trap, which "slammed shut on that part which was exposed." Audience members were also treated to Otter's recounting of philosophical discussions in the men's steam room at the Boise YMCA, where participants are "modestly draped." But Otter seemed most engaged when he discussed the hidden gem of Idaho's export market: Rocky Mountain bull elk semen, which has been sent abroad to help generate elk herds in, among other places, Europe. "I cannot tell you how much semen we shipped," Otter said. There was a point to that bear-trap-on-the-privates joke, however: Otter was responding to a question about proposals to sell some public lands to offset hurricane recovery costs, an issue that dogged Otter in the campaign against Democrat Jerry Brady. Otter said, as in the joke, the worst pain was not sitting on the bear trap, but in finding out the hard way that bear traps are often attached by steel chain to the ground. The worst part of his rhetorical encounter with the trap, he said, was "when I hit the end of that chain."

Pin It

Speaking of News Shorts


Comments are closed.

More by Shea Andersen


Latest in Citydesk

  • March 26, 2017: What to Know

    March 26, 2017: What to Know

    A tension-filled day on the Las Vegas Strip, a GOP "civil war," remembering Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher and two Northwest colleges make up half of the Final Four.
    • Mar 26, 2017
  • March 25, 2017: What to Know

    March 25, 2017: What to Know

    Trump's public and private blaming over the failure of his healthcare plan, Idaho jobless figures hold steady, two Boise juveniles arrested over social media threats and Hollywood faces the possibility of another major writers' strike.
    • Mar 25, 2017
  • March 24, 2017: What to Know

    March 24, 2017: What to Know

    One more day for the Idaho Legislature, Trump green-lights the Keystone Pipeline and Emma Thompson was propositioned by Donald Trump
    • Mar 24, 2017
  • More »

© 2017 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation