Every so often, someone wonders what Robert Packwood – the former Oregon senator who resigned in 1995 ahead of possible expulsion over sex harassment charges – is up to, and what he might think of politics today.
The question is worth asking, because among the other things he was, Packwood was a brilliant political strategist and (like the more often-noted Mark Hatfield) overall a centrist Republican in a day when the party would nominate them.
Willamette Week caught up with Packwood, who spends part of his time in a suburb south of Portland, and has up an interview with him. Recommended reading.
One quote. Asked about the condition now of the Oregon Republican Party, which hasn’t won a statewide race since 2002: “The nice thing about political parties is that eventually they like to win. So, sooner or later, either the party changes so that it can win, or it disappears.”Share on Facebook