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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Buehler throws some mud back -- but not much

We wondered aloud yesterday why Knute Buehler, the Republican candidate for Oregon secretary of state, wasn't being more aggressive in criticizing his opponent, incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, over her spotty performance record. We got a blog comment, and a note later in the day, from Joel Thomas, Buehler's campaign manager, in which he pointed to this video; it does contain some pointed criticisms of Brown.

It's an interesting clip to watch on YouTube, but on last night's late news, there was another kind, gentle Buehler ad and another Brown attack ad. If there's a negative message being generated about Brown, it's arriving late and not too loudly.

Thomas was upbeat in his e-mail. He notes that there are still many undecided voters, and he thinks Buehler can get a good majority of them. He's got our vote, and he has a decent shot for a rookie, but the machine has rolled out big money to keep Brown in place. Heaven forbid that a Republican -- or anyone else who might question government employee pensions -- should ever hold statewide office, ever again.

Comments (1)

Guaranteed benefit pensions for public employees are a huge issue. The private sector moved away from them years ago, decades ago. It makes no sense for government to offer the only jobs that carry them.

At the same time, I think there's a lot of reason to be worried about a Republican in the Secretary of State's office -- there's some nasty stuff going on around the country originating from that position.

I haven't looked at this race very closely, but if I were voting in Oregon this year I'd be focusing most of my research and thinking on this race.

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