Butch Otter's "Howl of Delight"

Never let it be said that governors don't know how to let loose. From the Washington Post: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to ...
by | March 16, 2009

Never let it be said that governors don't know how to let loose. From the Washington Post:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to stick with a controversial Bush administration move that took gray wolves off the endangered species list in most of the northern Rockies reflects the independent streak that has defined his career. But it has alienated key Obama administration allies, including environmentalists and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Salazar's March 6 decision surprised environmental leaders as well as some of the administration's traditional opponents, and it provoked a protest letter from 10 senior House Democrats as well as a literal howl of delight from Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R).

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Otter, the Idaho governor, had hailed a similar Bush delisting proposal in 2007 by telling a crowd of hunters that, as soon as federal protections were lifted, "I'm prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself." He reiterated this goal to a group of local reporters March 6, after howling like a wolf and smiling.

Next up: Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle moos his displeasure at the Obama administration's downer cow policy.

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