The campaign for Governor of Oregon confuses me. Personally I don’t like either choice. Is Kulongowski even running? No lawn sign, no mailings; not that I’d ever be convinced to vote for someone because of a lawn sign or a piece of mail. There is just little visibility, meaning he isn’t running very hard. It makes me wonder what’s up with that. I’ve met Ted and my impression was that he was a well dressed little man. He didn’t seem to be a man of vision, but rather one of fortunate circumstances. His words were only words with little purpose or meaning, good only for sound bites.
Then there is Saxton who is promising to cut State waste by 10%, but he won’t say what he is planning to cut or even what he sees as wasteful. The only hint he may be providing is that he is for Charter Schools, which tells me he wants to further gut the school systems. The next thing that bothers me about Saxton is his supporters. Ron is promising to get rid of illegal immigrants, but when you drive in rural farm country the farmers all have big Saxton signs in their fields. These are the people who hire the illegal’s and Ron will be rounding up their employees. Now the farmers will have to pay higher wages since the only people who will do that sort of labor are illegal’s. Saxton also started the race with a negative campaign, and now he is resorting to making up statistics and selling lies over the commercial air waves. Too bad Kulongowski is choosing not to campaign at all.
Betsy, you better be in this race four years from now.