Saxton Gets 4 Major Weekend Endorsements

Saxton took three major newspaper endorsements this weekend from The Oregonian, Bend Bulletin and Medford Mail Tribune and a major rare endorsement from the influential National Rifle Association. The NRA endorsement is very important because second amendment rights are held dearly by both Democrats and Republicans who often make this their leading issue. The newspapers now add to the other growing list of endorsements which include: the Grants Pass Daily Courier, McMinnville News-Register, and Brainstorm Magazine. For Kulongoski, my count is that he received an endorsement form the Statesman Journal and the Eugene Register Guard. (follow links to editorial).

Saxton’s campaign is breaking tradition in many ways: Below is the highlights of the endorsements.

The Oregonian:
“But Oregon needs new energy, new blood, new ideas and a determination to get them done. And only Saxton, the most capable Republican candidate for Oregon governor in the 24 years that Democrats have held the job, promises to bring that passion for change to the executive office”¦.[Kulongoski] hasn’t worked effectively with the Legislature. Major areas of state government, notably the $9 billion Department of Human Services, have seen a parade of directors and years of poor fiscal management”¦..Is there anyone, for example, who believes most lawmakers, or voters, would support Kulongoski’s proposed tax on auto insurance to fund the state police patrol? That leads us to worry that two years into another Kulongoski term, the state police would be no better off than they are today.”

Medford Mail Tribune:
“It’s clear to anyone paying attention that Oregon state government needs to make systemic changes or face an endless string of funding crises. It’s not clear that Gov. Ted Kulongoski is ready to do that.”

Bend Bulletin:
The Bulletin’s editorial board has interviewed hundreds of candidates”¦but very few have impressed us the way Ron Saxton has.

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  • Jason

    Here is the commentary I wanted to add to the story. Many of these newspapers are siding Saxton’s way because he is actually interested in problem solving management. The state has had a string of mismanagement problems. Kulongoski’s answer to everything is a new tax or a new program. Saxton has made good progress with the Portland School Board, and he knows how other states have used competition to bring costs down and productivity up. Editorial boards love shiny new government programs, but they realize that you can’t have them until the basic fiscal house is in order. They saw that in Saxton.

    Kulongoski has burned his journalistic bridges. The stories about him being absent in the State Capitol are true. Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers complained that they never saw him, and could never get his opinion on key budget issues. Reporters also complained. One reporter told me how frustrating it was that the Governor rarely made himself publicly available, and when he did he never took many questions. This reporter responded by waiting for the governor’s next self-promoting photo-op at a school to unload all of the questions the Governor wouldn’t entertain at normal press conferences. Sure, politicians are evasive, but Kulongoski took it to the extreme. It was almost as if he didn’t like the job. In Kulongoski’s first legislative session he waited six months before he showed up at his first public legislative hearing. In his second legislative session he waited another six months before unveiling a massive and confusing education package.

    These newspaper endorsements reflect a moving away from that which doesn’t work to that which does.

  • https://www.pdxcityclub.org/forums-events/friday-forums.php#Radio

    Check out the City Club of Portland debate from friday. Kulongoski’s bad weekend all started on Friday the 13th. (I hope to do a post about it later today if I can find time).

    The liberal blogs are calling this debate a victory for Kulongoski. If this debate is a victory the Democratic party must be looking for anything to call good news. From what I heard listening to the MP3 Saxton cleans the governor’s clock.

    If Saxton had been on message like this in the primary I would have been more excited about him. Saxton is my republican candidate for governor and I like his message.

  • Jerry

    We will be voting for Saxton – I am not sure if anyone could do worse than Ted K. It truly is time for a change. He will go down in history as the worst governor the state has EVER had.

  • Jason

    The endorsements keep coming. Here is a list of organization endorsements for Saxton:

    – AG-PAC – American Forest Resource Council – Associated Builders and Contractors – Associated Oregon Loggers – Home Builders Association – Mainstream Republicans – National Federation of Independent Business – Oregon Anglers Association – Oregon Automobile Dealers Association – Oregon Beer and Wine Distributor Association – Oregon Family Farm Association PAC – Oregon Farm Bureau – Oregonians for Food and Shelter – Oregonians for Immigration Reform – Oregonians in Action – Oregon Grocery Association – Oregon Lodging Association – Oregon Restaurant Association – Oregon Truckers Association – Oregon Cattleman’s Association Cattle PAC – Oregon Small Business Coalition – Oregon Sportsman’s Political Victory Fund – Sheriffs of Oregon – Grants Pass Daily Courier – NRA – Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon – McMinnville News Register

  • & News Review, of Roseburg.. today.. -Tony Larson

    https://www.oregonnews.com/article/20061017/EDITORIALS/61017007

    EDITORIAL: Saxton for governor

    Challenger shows willingness to tackle tough issues

    October 17, 2006

    When a first-term governor runs for re-election, as they most always do, voters have four years of work on which to judge them. A number of Oregon governors have put such a strong stamp on their time served that re-election is almost automatic.

    This isn’t one of those times.

    Fortunately, it comes when the Republican party has elevated the most promising candidate in at least eight years to challenge the Democrats for the state’s highest office.

    Challenger Ron Saxton — not Gov. Ted Kulongoski — should be voters’ choice in this November election.

    Many issues swirl around a governors’ race. Most important for Oregon now is that our next governor be a strong leader with a defined vision of where the state should be headed.

    Saxton is ahead on both counts.

    Kulongoski, especially during the last legislative session, simply has not stepped up to lead as was hoped. Despite his years of strong service in the Oregon Legislature and his military background, the governor does not come across as an inspiring leader. His approach may work fine when the economy is booming and there are no major challenges ahead. That’s not the case now.

    The best example of this was Kulongoski’s last-minute proposal for funding education that wasn’t presented until the waning days of the last Legislature, too late to be taken up. He was a virtual no-show when it counted.

    Kulongoski does earn kudos for his heartfelt eulogies at the funerals of Oregon soldiers who die serving their country.

    Oregon Republicans were wise to choose Saxton to challenge Kulongoski. In years past, the party’s primary election winners were more flamboyant, but so far right of center they couldn’t attract crossover votes in a state with a slight Democrat voter majority.

    This year, leading conservatives urged a different approach. They could either refuse to concede a single issue and stay rigidly true to the most dogmatic party philosophy, or they could instead offer a centrist candidate with a good chance of replacing a vulnerable Democrat.

    Saxton, who answers interview questions with refreshing candor, said he had not planned on running again after losing in the Republican primary four years ago. He assumed Kulongoski would be in a strong position by now. It soon became apparent to him, however, that many Oregonians of both parties shared his disappointment with Kulongoski’s performance.

    Saxton deserves credit for years ago waving the red flag about the severe problems with the Public Employees Retirement System when no other politicians wanted to tackle it. A former school board chairman in Portland, Saxton speaks earnestly when he criticizes what he considers a state school system that is high in cost but isn’t producing top results.

    Unlike Kulongoski, he doesn’t believe enough has been done to bring down the state’s costs of funding PERS. He believes there are savings to be found in the state’s education system, for example, which can be directed where it can help the most, to classrooms.

    Oregonians have a curious voting history, selecting Democrats for governor, but often electing a Republican majority to the House and Senate at the same time. Instead of creating a balance, however, it has become a battle to a standstill.

    It would be refreshing to see what a Republican governor could do, especially one who understands the state’s diversity and the need to reach across party lines, not just to get elected, but to get substantive things accomplished.

    Oregon needs a governor who insists that residents get the absolute most out of their investment in government, and who helps secure the state’s economic recovery.

    Kulongoski has had four years to show he can do that, with unimpressive results.

    Oregonians should vote for a strong, determined governor to lead the state forward. Ron Saxton fits that role, and is the clear choice in November.

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