Oregon loses Wayne Brady, cherished citizen leader

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Oregon has lost a true superman and volunteer for the cause of freedom as Wayne Brady died of cancer this week. He was longtime volunteer, lobbyist and writer for the Taxpayer Association. Because he was so giving with his time and talent he was also a leader for Freedomworks, Marion County Republicans ,various Tea Party and other political groups (the amount of titles he had grew beyond remembering). Wayne would travel an hour just to help stuff envelopes for the cause. He was good for all of us because he was a role model and a gentle soul for whom I never heard any criticism of him by anybody during the history we knew him.

When he testified before the Legislature he did so speaking plain truths with sincerity and intelligence.

Wayne kept giving of himself to the very end. Last Christmas his cancer was getting severe and he called to tell me that he had to spend less time in politics in order to rest — and even apologized for it. I told him sternly that he shouldn’t apologize and that even though I shouldn’t have to say this, I told him that I and everyone else give him permission to take a rest from politics. He needed to hear that. Later a roomful of free-market activists signed a thank you Christmas card for his service. Political people saying thanks can be rare, but they meant it. Wayne called the day the card arrived to say the effort touched him deeply. It was a moment when his giving came back to him in the form of thanks.

Wayne you will be missed.

With love,
Jason Williams

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  • Steve Buckstein

    Jason, I was so sorry to hear this news. Thanks for sharing some information about Wanye with the larger Catalyst readership. I was one of the signers of that thank you card, and am glad that I was able to show my appreciation to him for everything Wayne did for the ideas he held so dear.  He will be missed.

  • The Bill Post Radio Show

    I had to dedicate my radio show to him today, because I am not sure I would have HAD a show without Wayne.  From day one he helped, encouraged and prodded me.
    He was a WONDERFUL man!
    I will miss him greatly.

  • Kevin Hoar

    This is very sad news.  I will truly miss Wayne.  Besides being one of my constant conservative comrades-in-arms for the past decade, Wayne was one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.  Despite the frustrations and challenges of trying to organize the conservative grassroots in Oregon over the years, Wayne would never give up.  He was always convinced there would be a way to make it happen somehow.  He was a Tea Party leader before anyone had thought of the idea.  I remember vividly the first time I met Wayne.  It was while putting on a remote radio broadcast with Victor Boc in 2003 to gather signatures for the Measure 30 tax recall petition.  Wayne was on the show with his list of “100 Ways to Balance the Oregon State Budget without raising taxes” – the perfect response to the tax and spenders in Salem.  Please say a prayer for Wayne and his family, but also remember Wayne for the shoes he has left us to fill.  God Bless you Wayne Brady.

  • Pam Duffy

    Wayne was a true patriot and tiredlessly fought to save our state and country.
    My first introduction to Wayne was the 2009 Salem Tea Party as I had volunteered to sign in people. He was so gracious and made a point of introducing me to others performing the same task. God bless you, Wayne. You will be missed.

  • Clarence Jones

    Wayne was a true patriot and a great man who stood on his prinicples.  He has left big shoes to be filled by all.  We will miss him.  God will reward him.

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