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Posts published in “Day: August 18, 2015”

A Johnson candidacy


The East Oregonian reported yesterday on the speculation that Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) may be preparing to run for Oregon Governor.

The long time Democrat however is taking a different path. Understanding the difficulty of running as a centrist/conservative Democrat in the Oregon Democratic primary against a sitting liberal Democratic she is reportedly thinking of running as a candidate of the Independent Party of Oregon.

One meeting the East Oregonian didn’t mention in it’s list of hints that Sen. Johnson may run as an IPO candidate was an August 4th presentation to the Bend Chamber of Commerce. There, Sen. Johnson appeared on a political panel that included Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) and two leaders from the IPO, Party Secretary Sal Peralta, and Party Counsel (and Oregon Outpost Editor) Rob Harris.

For the record, Senator Johnson stole the show and thrilled the main street business audience. Her connection to small and medium size town business interests can’t be denied. While she wouldn’t stand a chance in the Democratic primary, a Betsy Johnson / Kate Brown race for Governor would give Oregon voters a real choice in November.

Much more competitive than a race between Kate Brown and a (Pierce / Alley / Wehby) perennial losing GOP candidate. In fact, in a Brown v. Johnson race, the GOP nominee would be the “spoiler”.

First take

From today's political roundup on Daily Kos: If you're a fan of the Little Perennial Candidate Who Couldn't (and we know there are lots of fans of that genre at Daily Kos Elections), here's a heartwarming story. Goodspaceguy is one of the best-known examples, perhaps thanks to his odd adopted name as well his decades of futile bids; he runs every year for something or other in King County, Washington, and he's finally managed to advance from the top-two primary into the general election, for the first time since Washington adopted the top-two system. (If you look at the sidebar in the linked article, you'll see that he did participate in several general elections as an independent candidate for King County Council, but that was under Washington's old electoral regime.) So who's the sad sack who managed to finish third, behind Goodspaceguy, in the election two weeks ago? It's John Naubert, who was so explicitly old-school socialist in his voter's pamphlet description that slightly more voters actually preferred Goodspaceguy's libertarian-meets-futurist-space-exploration-themed mumbo-jumbo. Don't look for his luck to continue in the general, though: The incumbent, Courtney Gregoire (who's ex-Gov. Chris Gregoire's daughter) took 83 percent of the vote.