Earlier today, Governor Ted Kulongoski challenged Howie Rich - the millionaire/libertarian who paid for Measure 48 - to a debate.
Now, the Kulongoski campaign passes along the response from Howie Rich:
"I'm happy that I could help out the local group in Oregon--they've faced a real uphill climb against public employee unions and special interests. The fact is, though, that the local group has done all the heavy lifting, and the result of their hard work is that voters will have a say in state spending in the fall. It sounds to me like the Governor is afraid to debate local leaders like Don McIntire, or face up to the 162,000 Oregon voters who have already signed the petition."
And the Kulongoski campaign's response:
The heavy lifting? Howie did the heavy lifting by writing the big checks that got it on the ballot. He purchased this ballot measure for Oregon, and he ought to be willing to defend what he bought.
McIntire has had his say on spending limits before – last time with Measure 8 in 2000, which the voters rejected by more than 10 points (56-44). He’s a Johnny one-note on this issue. No need to debate him. We want to debate the guy who put it on the ballot.