Petunia’s Latest Porker Award: John Kitzhaber


Oregon Capitol Watch

SALEM-Oregon Capitol Watch’s Executive Director and former State Representative Jeff Kropf is pleased to announce Petunia, the Pork Detective’s latest Porker Award goes to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber for his “go it alone” proposal in building the wasteful, Columbia River Crossing boondoggle.

Oregon Capitol Watch is running statewide television commercials starting today announcing this prestigious award to the Governor, along with a social media campaign, in an effort to educate the public about this issue.

“OCWF is stunned that Governor Kitzhaber is ignoring the tremendous amount of public information detailing the waste, cronyism and inaccuracies presented to the legislature by CRC proponents” said Kropf. “In spite of this and overwhelming public opposition from the right and left, he is asking legislators to put Oregon taxpayers on the hook for billions for a project that many think will be a financial disaster”

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Petunia and OCWF Executive Director Rep. Jeff Kropf (Ret) at the I-5 Bridge

In addition to the 30 second television ad, OCWF has produced a 30 minute mini documentary detailing the problems with how this current I-5 bridge replacement proposal has been presented to decision makers in Oregon and Washington state. OCWF staff gathered publicly released information and analysis from such notables as respected economist Joe Cortright, forensic accountant Tiffany Couch and others. The  2 part mini documentary can be seen at

“Many legislators have no idea that the story they are being told is factually inaccurate according to the CRC’s own documents” Kropf said. “Our goal is to educate the public and the legislature to what is really going on here in an effort to stop this current proposal”.

Kropf noted that a similar grassroots effort aimed at dissuading the Washington Legislature from joining Oregon in building this boondoggle, was successful last year as they rejected the proposal for many of the same reasons that OCWF and several Oregon based grassroots groups oppose this project.

Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation is a non profit, tax deductible educational foundation dedicated to educating citizens about how government spends their tax dollars and offering common sense ideas for improved government efficiency.

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  • Jack Lord God

    Id like to offer my services as 100% accurate predictor of the future on things like these.

    First, the obvious will be ignored, Kitzhaber is way more of a health care man than he is a bridge guy. He is passionate on the issue, started the landmark Oregon Health Plan. But yet with the biggest new federal program in a generation, on Kitzhabers most passionate issue, health care, Kitzhaber was nowhere to be found when it came to the colossal failure of Cover Oregon. Huh? What? Why I had no idea….like you the first I heard of this was when I read it in the papers. In short he pulled an Obama and got away with it. No Chris Christie is he!

    Same thing will happen with CRC. If built its construction will follow in the same path as the current planning stage. The bridge will cost massively more to build than first planned for, ridership on the light rail will be less than predicted, no traffic problems will be solved, and guess what? Tolling will have to be increased because revenue predictions fall short.

    And where will Kitzhaber be? You guessed it.

    “Huh? What? Why I had no idea….like you, the first I read about this was in the papers”

    And the press?

    They will do absolutely nothing. No investigation, no finding the political pay offs, no holding anyone to account.

    Kitzhaber will likely be retired before any of this goes down. Ill bet somewhere in the Caymans, quietly sipping his drink, tens of thousands from his PERS pension rolling in, and millions more from Job Bobs Lite Rail Car factory.

    And when people look and ask, “Hey Kitz! How come a guy like you who never seems to know anything and has been involved in massive failed projects that waste everyone’s money for your entire political career, how come a guy like you has the smarts where it counts – the ability to mine a fortune out of utter failure?”

    And Kitzhabers reply as the surf rolls in and he gives you that sparkly wink he has?

    “Gee, I don’t know, I guess I have a lot of money, first thing I heard about it was in the papers”

  • .

    Mr. Jaundiced Kitzhaber is so fully flabbergastated with attendant DNC d’oh – he’ makes Pillsbury’s Poppin Fresh and the Michelin Tire Man appear quite anorexic.

  • Sam

    If he cares so much about health why is the Oregon exchange the laughing stock of the nation?

  • Myke

    Wait a minute! At what point do you NOT see that Gov. Kitzhabor’s need to be remembered in the soft glow of admiration supersedes the benefits (or repercussions) to anyone, other than those special enough per his choices. It is all about the legacy! Not the value or relevant actions that matter. Or the damage that follows in his wake. Don’t you understand that he cares! Just not for you.

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