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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Overnight sensation

The day after Hardy Myers announced his impending retirement as Oregon attorney general, his former partner (and mine) formally announces his candidacy to succeed him.

Comments (31)

His website says nothing about party affiliation! What's with that?

He he! Maybe he's not sure...

I'm underwhelmed.

He's a Democrat, but maybe he's trying to avoid focusing on his party affiliation since the A.G. position by its very nature is more or less non-partisan. My opinion is that Greg would make an excellent A.G., because in addition to his excellent track record of service in the legislature, he would bring intellect and engergy to a position that has sort of languished in a holding pattern under H. Meyers. He also has long standing roots in rural Oregon growing up on a dairy farm, which is a great counter-balance to his career as a partner in an elite law firm in downtown Portland.

His only accomplishment in the legislature was having great hair.

"His only accomplishment in the legislature was having great hair."

Nice taste in clothes, too.

But I doubt that anyone from that background will feel that he can address the white collar crime issues that exist in this state.

...and the website name was registered to Kari Chisolm back in 2001.

"His only accomplishment in the legislature was having great hair."

Yep...I wish I still had a nice head of hair like his. From what I remember he played a pretty large role in the PERS reform a few years back. As for big dramatic legislation that he has personally sponsored, I think you would be hard pressed to find a lot of legislators with this under their caps given the legislative gridlock over the past few years.

I'm underwhelmed

Bark, perhaps you could post your own résumé so that the rest of us might critique it, and perhaps we would also learn something about your bite.

Seems to me he was a leader and committee participant on M-37 reform and M-49. He seems to deserve careful consideration rather than flip coment about hair and wardrobe.
Any meaningful criticism out there??

"Seems to me he was a leader and committee participant on M-37..."

Yep, and he stupidly stated "M49 takes care of the issue of transferability" -- which it most certainly does not.

If McPherson lets huge details like that slip by him, I doubt he'd make a competent AG. That, and he looked like a total ass when Karlock videotaped him at a land-use meeting.

That, and he looked like a total ass when Karlock videotaped him at a land-use meeting.

Oh, not a total ass; just not much like AG material - unless you use Myers as a standard.

If McPherson lets huge details like that slip by him

I doubt that anything "slipped by him." He's an extraordinarily sharp and intelligent person.

BTW, you Measure 37 people think that everything revolves around your precious law. It doesn't.

How would "you Measure 49 people" know that?:-)

I've had Macpherson up to my eyeballs as State Representative for all 6 years of his term. He's done nothing for his district and he's a headline seeker, attaching his name to big publicity bills. His role is the Republican driven PERS reform in 2003 has left a very bitter and ugly taste in my mouth. I get nauseated every time I try imagining him as AG. Let's hope some other candidates declare. I'd hate to have Macpherson as AG with his godfather in the Gov's office and the Gov's godfather in an undisclosed location groping 14 year old girls. Neil's circle can't be broken by electing Macpherson. We need a new theme in Oregon politics. Macpherson isn't part of my vision of a new theme.

How would "you Measure 49 people" know that? :-)

Indeed, both sides in the great "property rights" foolishness seem to want to hijack every thread today to talk about that particular battle. People, don't you realize that we are in a WAR against TERR?

WAR against TERR

Here in Orgon, that would be the war against terra.

looked like a total ass when Karlock videotaped him at a land-use meeting.

No small feat, considering that Greg was absolutely right in his position and Karlock totally out of line.

"Macpherson isn't part of my vision of a new theme."

Nor mine and , imho, the fact that he's bright will just make it easier for him to avoid getting to the bottom of crime in high places. That is my real concern,genop, I really don't like his clothes that much- well, the sweater is OK, but the navy blazer and maroon tie is a standard lawyer's summer uniform.

OK, so he's too smart to be AG, and besides, he dresses like a lawyer. I guess he's technically disqualified then.

>>looked like a total ass when Karlock
>>videotaped him at a land-use meeting.

>No small feat, considering that Greg was
>absolutely right in his position and
>Karlock totally out of line.

Allan is obviously a pompom girl for Greg, but the video was Greg at his worst.

If Greg wants to play politician, and he sees a camera in the back of the room, he better figure on the camera being turned on and recording him as he talks. Greg looked like a stupid fool trying to talk the camera guy out of recording, and then inciting the crowd to intimidate the camera guy from doing what he did. But give Greg credit where credit is due: Greg did not call JK a macaca.

I agree, Harry, that that video made him appear a manipulative fool. Manipulating public perception seems to be the name of game for machine players. And they tend to lump anyone who wants to shoot straight into the macaca category. Pride comes before a fall, they say. Sure would like to see the machine collapse in my lifetime.

Any meaningful criticism out there??

I guess it all depends on who's defining meaningful, doesn't it?

He's an extraordinarily sharp and intelligent person.

OK, Jack, that describes lots of people whom I won't mention - like Neil Goldschmidt. I sense a faint tinge of reticence in your comments about his candidacy - is it just me?

It usually is.

maybe he's trying to avoid focusing on his party affiliation since the A.G. position by its very nature is more or less non-partisan.

In Oregon? Someone tell the current A.G.

I know little about him, but applaud that he took on a volatile issue, rolled up his sleaves and got something out for voter consideration. To me that risky effort is a "new theme" I'd like to see repeated by our legislators. The other criticisms I have gleaned from the comments are that he is perceived as soft on white collar crime? Why? Just curious (dont be defensive)
Finally, his impromptu reaction to unwanted publicity may reflect distrust of tranparency? hmmm. Need more data. Spock Out!

Not ignoring you, genop. Today and tomorrow have been/are busy days for me. Stayed tuned for my response. Defensive ain't my game. I don't know that he's soft, but I believe he is part of a political machine that has been ignoring some serious problems.

More later.

I am hoping J. Kroger the law professor runs. Tho' I am not a registered "D", I am always impressed when he weighs in on criminal law issues. A while back he called out the Oregon Feds for not energetically enforcing gun violence. He also took a very reasoned stance on the US attorney firings, and the impartiality of being a prosecutor. Maybe it's just my "law and order" sensibilities getting fired up at the prospect of someone restoring some of the energy to the AG's outfit after too many years of "Hardly" Myers. G. Mac seems to be a continuation of the current AG.

Run, Kroger Run!!! This "R" would be proud to knock on doors for you.


I am awre of instances of legal racketeering that are a matter of record, largely public record, that no one is doing anything about. Maybe I am indeed defensive about discussing it, since I have been called rude names for pointing it out, when the record would exist even if I didn't. And many people, including prominent lawyers, are aware of the problems. My theory is that there is-and will be- no real investigation until what you know becomes as important as who you know in this town. It would take a miracle, imho, for a legitimate AG candiate to prevail in the good ole system we have at present, imho, a system where people who have participated in racket land scams can end up in leadership positions in that office. It's great for insiders, but dismal for the majority of Oregonian "nobodies"

For what it's worth (and to me it's worth a good deal) Macpherson made some very thoughtful anti-Measure 11 comments to me at a recent City Club gathering. And it didn't say it to please me (a criminal defense lawyer) because what I was trying to talk about was the death penalty. Macpherson said he thought that Measure 11 and our prison-building in the last few years has done more damage to more people than the death penalty. (This is not the forum to describe why I disagree with him on that fine point: I think both Measure 11 and the death penalty are bad for Oregon.)

My impression is that he is smart and politically savy/realistic. Which means he says many things I don't agree with. As I am not willing to run for AG, I'm glad he is.

"My impression is that he is smart and politically savy/realistic""

Imho, the extent to which politics, as opposed to the rule of law (and even basic non-fraudulent behavior define reality, is unfortunate. And I don't think history will support this definition in the long, and perhaps even the shorter run. Good non-machine candidates do run for office, but generally don't fare well, at least initially.


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