NY Times journalist shakes up Oregon Governor race

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

An opinion columnist for The New York Times from Yamhill County is exploring a run for Oregon Governor on the Democrat ticket. Nicholas Kristof, a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, is a regular CNN contributor and has written an opinion column for The New York Times since 2001.

Willamette Week reports: “Kristof, 62, who attended Harvard and was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, is perhaps best known for his columns on international human rights abuses. He won an international reporting Pulitzer in 1990 (along with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn) for covering the Tiananmen Square protests in China, then another Pulitzer in 2006 for columns on genocide in Darfur.”

He told the Oregonian last week, “I have friends trying to convince me that here in Oregon, we need new leadership from outside the broken political system. I’m honestly interested in what my fellow Oregonians have to say about that.All I know for sure is that we need someone with leadership and vision so that folks from all over the state can come together to get us back on track.”

Interestingly, when Willamette Week asked, Kristof did not say when he moved back to his childhood home on an orchard in Yamhill County. The county elections clerk told Willamette Week that Kristof registered to vote as a Democrat in December 2020. One can surmise that Kristof has not been back in the Beaver state for a full year and has yet to vote in an Oregon election since registering. Previously, he and his wife returned to Yamhill County prior to write a book and presumably use their name recognition to profit off of Oregon’s stories.

The race for Oregon Governor in the Democrat primary is full: Including Kristof, State Treasurer Tobias Read, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Service Employees International Union leader Melissa Unger, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle are among those considering a run for Oregon Governor.

Kristof has his job lined up at The New York Times if he decides not to run.

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