The Oregonian reports today that Kevin Mannix is almost certainly running for Governor.
Mannix said he would step down as party chairman once he formally announces his run for governor. That would probably come sometime after the Legislature finishes its 2005 session. For the record, he said he hasn't definitely decided to run for governor, but he's not coy about his ambitions. Told that many Republican activists think he's already running for governor, Mannix replied: "They're very astute observers."
Meanwhile, columnist Steve Duin takes a whack at Governor Ted Kulongoski.
He speaks of leading us somewhere, then disappears, leaving the heavy lifting for the foundation boards, the local-option committees and the parents who used to think the problem -- and the governor -- couldn't get any worse.