Idaho's Otter cuts ties to arrested GOP fundraiser


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Gov. C.L. ``Butch'' Otter cut his 2010
campaign's ties to a Republican consultant jailed this week for
violating his felony drunken driving probation.

Jason Lehosit was arrested Wednesday after court officials said
he violated probation conditions, including a ban on drinking. His
business, Meridian Resources, has been paid more than $200,000
since 2008 by Republican candidates, including more than $70,000
from Otter.

Brenda Maynard Walters, an Otter campaigner, told the Idaho
Statesman in an e-mail, ``In light of these unfortunate
circumstances, the Otter for Idaho campaign is ending its
relationship with Meridian Resources.''

Vaughn Ward, a GOP U.S. House candidate, has also worked with

Ryan O'Barto, Ward's spokesman, said the campaign was evaluating
the situation before deciding on future work with Lehosit.

The Department of Correction is recommending Lehosit spend seven
days in jail and develop a new treatment regime.


Information from: Idaho Statesman,

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