Writings and observations

OR filings: Three apiece

Oregon candidate filings ended just a couple of hours ago, and we’ll have a few thoughts dribbling out.

Starting with a statistical oddity: Exactly three candidates have filed in the primary election (there may be more from minor parties) for each of the five U.S. House seats. When has that happened before?

The five incumbents account for a third of them. In addition: Two Republicans in the 1st district, two Democrats in the 2nd, two Republicans in the 3rd, a Democrat and a Republican in the 4th, and two Republicans in the 5th. No really big, major figures among the challengers, and incumbents appear likely to, as usual, sweep the field.

Okay, an asterisk needs to be added to that. In District 4, where Democrat Peter DeFazio is running again, he has a primary election from Matthew L. Robinson, and (presumably) a general against Republican Art Robinson – the same Art Robinson who ran such a peculiar race against DeFazio in 2010. (Google away for the details on that; be such to note his calls for abolition of public schools and Social Security, among other things.)

There’s an obvious question: Is Matthew Robinson related to Art Robinson? Apparently, yes: He does have a son by that name. Which would make for an unusual case of a single family trying for two bites of the political apple in a single election …

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