The premier endorsement - the Oregonian's - in the premier race in the state - the governor - is out.
PORTLAND OREGONIAN/Governor Not a big surprise here, recent news coverage notwithstanding. The Oregonian is a Portland establishment organization, and Republican Ron Saxton is a Portland establishment person. The paper hasn't gotten along well with Democratic incumbent Ted Kulongoski for a long time. (It endorsed him four years ago, when he was running against an even more non-Portland type, Kevin Mannix.) The paper's point was almost dispassionately stated. It characterized Kulongoski's term as partly successful and partly not. And it noted concerns about Saxton, and cited a series of problems that Oregon has - most of which any governor has only a limited amount to do with - before concluding, "It is a leap of faith to endorse a former school board chairman over a sitting governor. If all was well, we would recommend that voters re-elect Kulongoski. But the times demand a fresh look at Oregon's problems and Saxton brings an open, independent mind to the task. We recommend that voters select him as their next governor." (more…)