Otter, Batt join opposition to GOP vetting plan

Otter, Batt join opposition to GOP vetting plan

Credit: Matt Standal / KTVB

BOISE -- The Idaho at 150 ceremony featured the commemoration of the state's 150th territorial birthday, a speech by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, the naming of a statehouse auditorium after President Abraham Lincoln, among other unique events.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 6:29 PM

BOISE -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, former Gov. Phil Batt and other Republican officials are rejecting a proposal to have GOP party officials vet candidates for primary races, saying it's an exclusionary plan that ignores the will of voters.

The plan is slated for consideration Friday and Saturday at the Republican Party Central Committee's meeting in McCall.

Otter and Batt, interviewed Thursday with Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and House Speaker Scott Bedke, all say the proposal to require GOP candidates get their leaders blessing is a bad idea.

Otter said the proposal is from those aiming to shift the party away from the inclusive group championed by Ronald Reagan toward a narrower one focused on strict ideology.

The proposal comes from former Idaho Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, a GOP official.

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