House Race 30 uncovers 2010’s greatest hypocritical act by Doug Ainge

In House District 30 Democrat Doug Ainge and Republican Shawn Lindsay are running for the open seat. Ainge’s side put out a mailer (similar to other mailings across the state in other races) falsely attacking Lindsey for supporting a sales tax. It was the great sales tax hoax as Lindsey is the taxpayer favorite and a tax cutter and Ainge the big government pro-tax candidate. Ainge ran ads saying he will fight a sales tax. Here is what the Willamette Week uncovered.

“All of which makes the June 12, 2003 op-ed Ainge wrote for The Oregonian all the more interesting. In that piece, Ainge argued strenuously, if not necessarily in the most thoughtful fashion that it was high time for a sales tax:“It is clearly past time to tax tourists, drug dealers, prostitutes and all other sectors of the underground economy,” Ainge wrote in that op-ed. “We must lower the state’s marginal income tax rate from 9 percent down to 5-6 percent. We must cap property taxes once again. Then we must institute a 5-6 percent sales tax, with all consumables exempted.”

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  • Coyote

    Nice catch. Except that WWeek did not uncover it. They were two days behind NWRepublican. Sometimes it makes you wonder if they would have even ran with it if conservatives had not pushed the issue on our blogs.

    • D-ranged

      Ainge is a flip-flopper:

      He once was a republican, now he’s a democrat.
      He once was a Mormon like Lindsay, now he and his wife are presbyterians.
      He once thought being single was the only way, he’s now been married to Diane for 35 years.
      He earned a degree in business from Linfield, then decided to teach public school for 31 years.
      He once thought a sales tax a good idea, now he thinks it would be cruel 8 years later.
      He never thought he’d actually run for office, now he is actually running.

      Is this guy a flip flopper or what? Or is what he’s experienced simply called living a full life?


      Doug Ainge
      Hillsboro, OR

  • Steve Plunk

    Sal Esquivel had to deal with a similar sales tax claim here in Medford. It seems the Dems don’t think they can win unless they portray themselves as conservatives and the Republicans as liberals. Misdirection and confusion are part of their game plan. Pathetic.

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