In an anticlimactic decision last night, the Portland City Council voted 4-1 to approve public campaign financing. The sole "no" vote came from Randy Leonard, who agrees with the plan in theory, but wants citizens to have a chance to vote on it first. b!X quotes some of the players in last night's decision:
"When I first heard about this idea last year, I have to admit I was skeptical. I've become convinced that it is a good idea and a wise use of public resources." (Dan Saltzman)
"This is something that's worth trying, and then once people understand it they will keep it or reject it, and that will be their choice, ultimately." (Erik Sten)
"This will give people who don't have access to the big money [an] opportunity to compete side by side with incumbents." (Tom Potter)
You didn't get to weigh in with a vote, and the Oregonian, in a badly-worded poll, says 56% of you are agin' it. Yet eighty percent of the City Council voted for it. Is this a precedent-setting triumph of citizens over monied interests, or another unwanted boondoggle foisted on voters by the commies running the People's Republic? If you had been sitting on the Council, how would you have voted?