My first reaction to the Kroger-vs-Macpherson Oregon attorney general race was that Kroger would win by a narrow margin in Portland, but Macpherson would take the rest of the state and the election, largely based on name familiarity.
I haven't completely given up on that assessment, but Kroger's got some things that the folks downstate and out east may find appealing. The whole prosecutor-and-ex-Marine thing will probably play pretty well in the hinterlands.
Today we get a press release in which he brags about his endorsements from district attorneys around the state. It says:
Law enforcement officials from throughout Oregon have endorsed John Kroger to be Oregon’s next Attorney General.
Kroger, a former federal prosecutor and award-winning Lewis & Clark Law School professor, has secured endorsements from 19 law enforcement officials, including 16 District Attorneys, the Umatilla County sheriff, Beaverton Police Chief and a former United States Attorney.
"John’s experience as a prosecutor and his track record as an advocate for victims and public safety make him the perfect candidate for Attorney General," Clackamas County DA John Foote.
Kroger’s priorities consist of combating the state’s meth crisis by pushing for tougher enforcement and treatment, holding polluters accountable by imposing fines and jail time and fighting for the civil rights of Oregonians.
“We need an attorney general who is experienced in court and knows how to enforce the law. I am proud to be supported by some many law enforcement leaders in Oregon,” Kroger said.
Kroger’s supporters also include Columbia County District Attorney Steve Atchison and Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis. Atchison is the current president of the Oregon District Attorneys Association (ODAA) and Foote and Marquis are both past presidents of the ODAA. Kroger is also endorsed by Umatilla Sheriff John Trumbo and Beaverton Police Chief Dave Bishop.
As a prosecutor, Kroger won major cases against mafia killers, corrupt government officials and drug kingpins. From 2002 to 2003, he helped prosecute the Enron Corporation. In recognition of his work, Kroger won awards and commendations from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the State Department.
The current list of law enforcement leaders supporting Kroger are:
Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo
Beaverton Police Chief Dave Bishop
Former US Attorney Charlie Turner
Clackamas County DA John Foote
Marion County DA Walter Beglau
Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis
Columbia County DA Steve Atchison
Former Coos County DA Paul Burgett
Gilliam County DA Marion Weatherford
Harney County DA Tim Colahan
Klamath County DA Edwin Caleb
Lake County DA David Schutt
Lincoln County DA Bernice Barnett
Tillamook County DA Bill Porter
Union County DA Tim Thompson
Umatilla County DA Dean Gushwa
Wallowa County DA Mona Williams
Wasco County DA Eric Nisley
Wheeler County DA Thomas Cutsforth