If you haven’t heard the OEA put out a mailer asking “Vote No on Bill Sizemore’s Measures. No on 58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65.” which is insane becuase many of those measures are not Sizemores.
Friends — This Thursday, I did something I’ve never done before, in more than 25 years of participating in, observing, or trying to change Oregon politics. I used the “l-word” — “lie” — in connection with a debate over a public policy question, and the tactics of an opponent. This week, the Oregon Education Association (OEA) sent out an 11 x 17″ 4-color glossy flier to members that clearly and explicitly urged readers to “Vote No on Bill Sizemore’s measures” — and then included measure 65 in their list. (Twice). Measure 65 has utterly nothing to do with Bill Sizemore — and OEA leaders responsible for this know it full well.
Kevin Mannix on KEX 1190
“It’s an outright lie!” Mannix says he’s filed a complaint with all television stations airing OEA commercials which claim Ballot Measures 61 and 62 are Sizemore’s. “Watch out for the liars because they are running loose in this election,” Mannix says. “THey try to find one grain of sand, then turn it into a beach.
More fromPhil Keisling
“I personally have enormous respect for the tens of thousands of public school teachers and educators who do some of the most important work of our society: educating and preparing the next generation for success and happiness in a world that contains enormous challenges. But what kind of message is being sent to our citizens — not to mention, tomorrow’s voters — when powerful organizations believe they can resort to such “Anything to Win” tactics, and get away with it? Our campaign has formally asked the OEA for an apology, retraction, and correction. I’ve not yet heard back. But we have sent out the a press release to media across the state (see links at end of e mail), and there will be stories (and we hope, numerous editorials) in the coming days. One that is especially worth looking at: Steve Duin’s column, posted online on 10/23: ”