CD1 GOP Congressional Debate features Pro-Obama candidate

1st Congressional District Candidates Debate in Washington County
One candidate a no show and the other endorses Obama for President
By Anthony J. Brady

Two BIG surprises and many controversial comments were among the highlights of the the monthly Hillsboro Area Washington County Republican Party Meetup that took place last Tuesday April 29th at the Best Panda Buffet Restaurant in downtown Hillsboro. The event featured C. William Chappell ( and Joel Haugen ( who the two filed candidates that are running for the Republican Nominee for Oregon’s First Congressional District and the right to take on five-term incumbent Democrat David Wu in November.

The first BIG surpise turned the planned debate instead into a candidate interview when Mr. Chappell failed to show up. According to one of the event organizers, Washington County GOP Chairman Kevin Hoar, Mr. Chappell was contacted at the start of the event to inquire into his absence and was only then told by Mr. Chappell that “he had a family emergency that took out of town at the last minute, leaving him unable to attend. Mr.Chappell later sent this apology a written apology for missing the event has committed to answering the questions that were posed at the event, along with others that were submitted and not asked at the event. These replies will be posted on the Wash Co GOP Meetup website ( , as well as by the author of this article on the Wash Co GOP website blog (

The candidate who did show, Joel Haugen, was the interviewed by the event moderator,Washington County Republican Party Vice-Chair Everett Curry, for the balance of the scheduled debate time. Mr. Haugen answered questions on a range policy topics, including the war in Iraq, global warming, his controversial views on required national service, and even his choice for the Presidential race. When asked what issue was the most critical to him, Haugen emphasized the importance of energy independence, with plans to convert our primary energy to clean hydrogen-based fuels, wind etc. by 2019. He also expressed deep concerns regarding the effect of CO2 forced, human-caused global warming on the environment and stated that, in his view, the need to act to stop it outweighs any doubts raised by anyone about the human role in causing warming.

In response to questions regarding plans for Iraq, Haugen directed people to his website where he has posted an analysis by former US Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor which Haugen said asserts that the military plan to invade Iraq was wrong-headed from the start and that huge portions military expenditures, in general, are a waste. He did, however, say that withdrawal from Iraq should be done and responsible, though expeditious manner.

When asked about his position on immigration, Haugen first said he liked Arizona’s plan that cracks down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, thus reducing the accessibility of employment in the US for the illegal population. Citing humanitarian concerns, he then went on to explain that, with regard to the often cited 12 million plus illegal immigrants believed to already be in the United States, family unification will and should greatly constrain any effort to repatriate a significant of them. Endorsing a view often cited by pro-illegal immigrant amnesty supporters, Haugen declared that “we cannot send parents back, separating them from their children.”

After the moderator, Vice-Chair Everett Curry, finished interviewing Haugen, oral and written questions were submitted by the audience. Several attendees took strong issue with his stance on global warming, one pointing out that was a “fallacy” and cited research that showed that the world was actually cooling. A vigorous debate ensued between the Haugen and these audience members.

When asked about views on requiring national service and whether he was in support of re-instating the draft, Haugen responded that he thought young people should be required to serve the country for a certain amount of time, in the military, or some other service.

Haugen warned that Social Security is in big trouble and that we must act soon. He explained that he would work to confront this issue head on by “reaching across the aisle to Democrats”, though he failed to mention what policy positions he would be persuading them to adopt.

Based on attendee reaction, Haugen didn’t seem to have awed the crowd. While his presentation reflected strong intellect, his answers to nearly every question posed was lengthy and repetitive, usually losing the interest of the majority of the audience before finishing his responses. On more than one occasion, he stated conflicting views on the same issue, as well as drifting around to comments unrelated to the question asked. He reflected a more liberal position on most issues than a majority of those attendees participating in the Q&A portion of the event. In particular, several attendees noted that his views on mandatory national service came off as socialistic to some observers. Haugen himself observed that he is probably what most attendees would describe as a “liberal Republican.”

The most startling big surprise of the night happened when Haugen informed a stunned crowd that he is supporting Democrat Barack Obama for President. The reasons he gave his support for Obama were that (1) he agrees with many of Obama’s views, (2) he is certain that Obama will be able unify Americans.

Haugen concluded the night by by asking if audience would like him to return to a future Wash Co GOP Meetup following the primary if he were to win the nomination, but received a very tepid response and left shortly after the meeting concluded.

For more information about the CD1 candidates, check out their websites — or stay tuned for the upcoming written responses to the additional questions from last Tuesday’s GOP Meetup that we will posted in a few days.

Anthony J. Brady is a writer for the site; he covers local, state, and national politics, and has been read by over 35,000 people. Brady is also a Washington County area political activist working in support a variety of Republican efforts there.

  • RinoWatch

    Great report.

    I wrote about this meet up a week ago, entitled — “Another RINO”

    Indeed, Haugen is just Another RINO who we do not need…..

  • devietro

    I met Chappell previously and he is nothing to brag about but he is better than Haugen. Looks like Wu gets another term with no real competition.

  • Richard Brown

    I was there and I was extremely disappointed. Chappell is a lit better but still unelectable and part of the libertarian Iraq cut and run crowd. He just a Ron Paul Mini-me

    In protest I will be writing ether my name of my fursona (Vote for Action) or write in David Wu

    The bigger issue is the lack of creditable (conservative) republican candidates. First I blame our part not developing a farm team a pool of future leader that can run against the democrats. Next I blame the Religions Right, Tal Radio and Blogs. The issue all three lead to a false sense of political power by working outside the party structure thinking calling a talk radio show or protesting will influence the party to shift back to the conservative roots. Worst is conservative throwing temper tantrums and run to the constitutional party when they don’t get there way. The way to move the party is work and change things form the inside by volunteering as a precinct person and getting elected to the state committee and electing principal leaders in the party. This will not happen if conservatives sit on their ass and cal talk radio.

  • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

    I am a Raegan Conservative running as a write in candidate. Please see my website at

    Stephan for CD1

    • anonymous

      Very important to get that name right…..

      • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

        To anonymous,

        Thank you for your interest in Oregon issues. Here is the drill on why I am a write in: First off, although I was a Duncan Hunter volunteer staffer, and have voted Republican since Ronald Reagan, I was not considered part of the Republican party because I filded as an Independent. voter. I tryed to get on the ballot in September, however, since I was not a registered Republican for the required 180 days, they returned my filing fee etc. As far as your saying I am not a Reaganite etc, what do you base this on? I remember the Carter days. Do you? Ever since that time, I have supported our Republican candidates. Have you? My platform is directed at the issues that matter. As far as my website, I did it. yes it does need work. I do thank you sir for at least being concerned about our future. Good day Sir,,,,,

        • Richard Brown

          I think you want to talk to me.
          1. as for Regan I do not think we need government to regulate the internet if people are stupid to gamble on the internet than it their problem.
          2 Other than silliness in banning imports that do not meet environmental law moot because environmental laws in Korea, Japan and Europe are adequate to more (and unnecessary) stringent. Beside all that why business is government tell me what car to buy if I want an import of an US car it my choice not the government.

          3. You foreign policy is not much better than the other two Closing Gitmo will just allow those in it to kill more Americans. As for labeling of dairy products sounds more like the liberal food police.

          While I feel, we need to move beyond Regan, the principals of limited government, strong defense, and free market capitalism does not rest on one person. I as a teen I remember the Carter and served in the Navy during the Regan years non rated seaman to Fire control tech from November of 1980 to1992. I seen with my own eyes how Regan supported the military and his dedication to overthrowing communism; it is why I switched from Democrat to Republican in 1984. You are no Reagan –Sir.

          • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

            Mr. Brown,

            Did I say I was Reagan? No I didnt. So do not take things out of context and assert an untruth at my expense. Thank you for supporting the Republican party! And thank you for your service. I support John Mccain also. Please join me at :


            As far as protectionist, China labor makes 25 cents to 1 dollar an hour. Our auto industry will not be made to compete with this. Not on my watch. In addition, do not confuse my limited government fiscal Conservative platform with Euro style socialism, for this is far a field from the truth. As far as Global warming, more efficient cars etc. will benefit everyone. I have no position on Global warming yet! I do feel good custodial care of our planet is an obligation. Our future generations deserve this. I do want to open ANWR to drilling.

            I was a Duncan Hunter volunteer staffer for a year . He had the most Conservative platform. Our efforts on border security, no amnesty, and border fence drove these issues to the forefront. The only 2 issues I disagree with Duncan on are fair tax, and Guantanamo. I was involved with that operation in January 2002. Some of these Afghans were just foot soldiers. Now is it ethical to keep these soliesr locked up indefinately without the benefit of the Geneva convention? Oh and you might look at my platform a little deeper.

          • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

            Thank you for your Naval service. You probably have been to every continent pretty much. My favorite Naval base was Rota Spain. On another note, I do support the war and our troops without hesitation.

          • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Congress

            My appologies. You were making a parllel with Senator Benson and Dan Quale at the 1987 Vice presidential candidate debate. Youwere playing off of potatoe or potato. Sorry for the mix up. While I was wrenching on my sandrail, it dawned on me. Please accept my appology for not catching the humor……


    • Richard Brown

      Thank you for your service. I disagreed with your positions in health care. We do not need the ford keystone cops in our kitchen. In addition you are not a Reagan Conservative. I also find your website formating skills lacking large front charters say run away.
      You are better than the other two. Still why did you fail to file? Sorry but I do not do write in candidates. They are not worth my time if they can not take the time and the money to file as a candidate.

  • jayjaydubu

    I wonder if these attendees challenging his stance on global warming were actual climate scientists or some jokers that search obscure websites for anything challenging global warming. It’s sad that science and this issue in particular have become partisan. I’m happy to see republicans supporting a presidential candidate that seems to want to actually move the country forward on this issue.

    • Stop Global Cooling!

      Hey jayjaydubu, are you a climate scientist? If not, by implication of your own statement, you’re just a joker so we must disregard everything that you’ve just said on the subject!

    • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

      The democratic party does not have a corner on the Global warming issue. It is a humanity concern. The good news in America is that high oil prices are compelling our auto indusrty to do something about auto emissions, performance, and economy. In just afew short years, the US will have cut auto emissions down by a significant amount without to much government interference. Instead of debating the exsistance of global warming, focus on do the right thing for mother earth. A byproduct will be a better environment. china has polluted their country and will sonn overtake us in Green house gasses. We can gain the moral high ground by reducing our emission 50 percent , and being a world leader in emission reduction technologies.

      When in doubt fail safe to what is prudent.

      • Stop Global Cooling!

        So stop debating if the world is flat (the equivalent of antropogenic global warming of today) and spare no expense today in making sure we don’t roll off the edge of the earth! WHAT? Nothing would be a bigger waste than pouring trillons (which it will be) into saving “mother earth” from nothing. We have a higher priority – increasing energy supplies and diversfying away from reliance on hostile energy suppliers. By pursuing the most economical energy supplies, including fossil fuels, nuclear, and alternatives, the America economy (which isn’t the gov’t) can best achieve this more important and real goal. Energy supply is way more important than some discredited, fraudulent theory that humans influence global climate in any significant way.

        Oh, and explain to me how having the moral high ground with China is going to help anything. Is that what has made the EU the great superpower of global affairs? We shouldn’t wreck our economy the way that the EU has for any *moral high ground* global popularity contest, especially not for a fraud.

        • dean

          Federal, state, and local governments together are about 35% of the national GNP. So “government” is in fact a big chunk of the economy. police officers, firefighters, soldiers, teachers, water providers, sewer cleaner-outers….a whole lot of services in a 75% service based economy are done by government.

          “Increasing energy supplies?” As in fossil fuels? And how would one do that exactly? Note the term “fossil” as in ancient….relic, leftover traces of past life. We can’t therefore, hard as we may try, “increase the supply.” Its a physical impossibility. We can maybe find more of what is left, but all indications are that we can’t find more faster then what we are using up.

          So if as you say, “energy supply is way more important than some discredited, fraudulent theory…” then you should be concerned, and should support efforts to conserve what is left AND move to renewable energy sources.

          “We shouldn’t wreck our economy the way the EU has…”? Are you kidding me? Have you looked at the Euro against the dollar lately? Have you noticed the collapse of housing prices in the US? Who is spending themselves bankrupt in an unecesary war? Who’s economy is tanking here?

          But I agree. Forget about moral high ground. Let’s just do what is practical for once.

          • Stephan Andrew Brodhead for Oregon

            We have a moral obligation to take care of our environment. Teddy Roosevelt one of our greatest Republican presidents established this at the turn of the last century. We have a moral obligation to recycle, ensure that are vehicles are efficient and clean, limit the use of harmful chemicals, protect our ground water, protect our water sheds, protect our lakes, rivers and streams. we must protec our air. We must pass on to our next generations an environment that was better than how we found it. “Practical”? It is practical to lower fuel consumption, drill in ANWR, and look at practical alternative enrgy supplies. Ralph Nader isnt running this time around. Al Gore has taken that mantle or so it seems. Republicans have always been at the forefront of practical environmentalism. This will not change. I just do not want to hear the BBC always refering to the U.S. as the world’s largest emitter of Greenhouse gasses. Wouldnt it be better if the U.S. was refered to as the world’s leader in eco friendly behavior? Or would you rather wait until we have 1 billion people? We can be leaders in changing the way the world views us, or we can be reactionary, and not give a damn. I choose to give a damn. This has nothing to do with wrecking our economy! This has everything to do with our quality of life as well as our children’s.

  • Phoebe

    Wow. I can’t believe what is happening in the Congressional district and not a peep anywhere else. Good reporting.

  • Kevin Hoar – Washington County GOP Chairman

    In case you’d like to read more about the full range of GOP candidates for this office, check out:

    They have answered pointed questions from area Republicans about a range of subjects. Feel free comment there.

    • Doug Harms

      Might as well just keep Wu until we can find a true Conservative to replace him. This Haugen character appears to be very liberal and is probably just trying to use the lack of a good GOP candidate to try to unseat Wu and still keep the seat liberal!

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