Should the Governor ALWAYS "Buy Idaho"?
So by now, you've probably heard about it...
The phrase "BUY IDAHO" caused quite a stir between a local coffee shop owner and Governor Butch Otter. Now, both are reacting to what's being called a HEATED run-in.
David Ledgard is the owner of "Dawson's Downtown" - and he claims he's seen Governor Otter buy his daily cup of "Joe" from Spokane, WA based "Thomas Hammer Coffee" across the street.
Ledgard says he didn't think much of it, until he paid $165 bucks to renew his BUY IDAHO membership.
(We've all seen the commercials, Otter is a supporter and the spokesman for BUY IDAHO)
Here's where things get a wee bit heated between the two... apparently Ledgard approached Otter on the street and asked the Governor why he isn't supporting local business.
"People have their choice of where they shop and spend money, and I have no problem with that but we need everyone to participate. Certainly, if you are the poster child of a program that I have to pay for, and I believe in and believe him and paid for it, I would expect that my elected officials would practice what they preach and walk the walk - and that wasn't happening, it affected me personally." - David Ledgard
Otter's spokeman tells us he chose the coffee place across the street simply because the line was shorter - and he had to get to a meeting with lawmakers. Otter also says while Thomas Hammer Coffee is a chain, it does have an Idaho owner who pays state taxes. He says he's a supporter of both businesses.
Ledgard says he apologized to Otter after the argument, and regrets getting so upset with the GOV.
This morning, I talked to Otter's spokesman - and he told me Ledgard has asked for a meeting with Otter, but the Governor says he holds no grudge - he's accepted the apology, and sees no reason to have a special meeting. SO, my question for you is this... does the Governor have the right to buy coffee where he wants to?
Does he ALWAYS have to BUY IDAHO?