Today, Willamette Week endorsed Ted Wheeler for Multnomah County Chair - in the same issue that Queer Window columnist Byron Beck announced his support for re-electing Diane Linn.
First, the pro-Wheeler position:
Linn's blunders are legendary... Linn may very well be the most unfit elected official in Multnomah County since Bible-thumping, gay-baiting Commissioner Gordon Shadburne. Fortunately, Wheeler is more than a warm body to fill Linn's seat. He's a brainy, hard-working wonk... Wheeler strikes us as honest and as someone who will work collaboratively with others, unlike Linn.
And then, the pro-Linn position:
I can't help myself. I'm going to vote for the worst candidate, the person who least deserves to be re-elected, the poster child of bad governance. ... The reason is that Linn has been an avid supporter of gays and has led the political pack when it comes to championing the rights of queer folk to get married in the state of Oregon. ... As far as I can tell, from conversations with people like [Human Rights Campaign's co-founder Terry] Bean, getting Linn re-elected is seen as an important national step in the queer-rights movement—almost as huge as the whole gay marriage thing itself.