Saxton for Governer! Really!

By Nick Budak of Portland, Oregon. Nick is a freshman at Grant High School.

I'm a 14-year-old freshman at Grant High school in Portland. Two weeks ago today I placed third in age division II in the State of Oregon Spelling Contest, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education.

But it doesn't take my spelling prowess to notice the glaring yet hilarious spelling error on the cover of a mailing addressed to my parents which arrived this week.

The headline read: 'Saxton for Governer.'

Yes, 'Governer.'

It's pretty funny that this is coming from a man who calls himself a 'lifelong education advocate'!

I hope he's a little more serious about his 'Sharing our Oregon Values' promise than he is about proofreading his own campaign material. My 'Oregon Values' don't happen to be solely focused on cutting taxes.

Maybe this man ought to be elected "Governer" -- but please, not Governor.

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Comments

  • James Caird (unverified)
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    Wow!

    Could you imagine if Saxton's proofreaders had to work with a name like Kulongoski for a whole campaign?

    Nice job spotting that one, Nick.

    What's next?

    "Sackston fir Organ governer"

  • Becky (unverified)
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    Nick, you're proof positive that Oregon kids are indeed getting a good education. And on what has been a truly awful day for me, you actually made me laugh right out loud, so thank you!

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    Whoa--thanks for the first good laugh I've had today, Nick!

    Reminds me of our fearless leader, also a champion of education:

    "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."

  • Clinton (unverified)
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    I'll admit that I've slipped up on the spelling of Governor before, and have had to take a moment to check my spelling. However, I'm not running, or part of a campaign for either Governor or Governer. In all seriousness, I doubt Saxton saw this at all- it's his campaign manager and mail/design consultant who bear the burden. I'll be checking the C&Es to make sure I don't hire either for a future campaign (though I doubt there is much risk of that).

  • Steve Bucknum (unverified)
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    Wow. I'm the world's worst speller, which makes me eternally thankful for spell checking software. But really - someone running on an agenda of reforming education!!

    I guess Saxton didn't have any English teacher votes to lose, having lost them already.

  • Anon (unverified)
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    "I failed English! That's unpossible!"

    (Ralph, the Simpsons)

  • A.Y. Caramba (unverified)
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    Ron Saxton Saves the Oregon State Police! Ron Saxton Finds the Money for the Oregon State Police!

    Our beloved Republican candidate for Governor Ron Saxton has once again proven his critics to be wrong. Yes! The critics are once again wrong!

    Ron Saxton and the Oregon Republican Party Platform will save the Oregon State Police from further Republican budget cuts! Yes!

    And Ron Saxton and his ingenious plan will eliminate waste in one part of the state budget and transfer the savings to provide ample—even generous—funding for the Oregon State Police. The State Police funding problem is solved.

    “How will he do this?” you ask.

    “I will tell you,” I reply.

    Our beloved Ron Saxton has calculated that efficiencies gained by spending less money on food for prisoners will create these ample, generous savings.

    Ron Saxton will cut the lavish feasts the Oregon prisoners currently dine on three times a day, and serve in their place hardtack and gruel. Ha! This is so simple and Ron Saxton thought of this before anyone else. I saw him announce his plan on television from the steps of the State Capitol.

    “How much money can we save with hardtack and gruel?” you ask.

    “Ha”, I reply. The beauty of Ron Saxton’s plan to reduce costs in the prison system and hire more State troopers is that we save money in so many ways.

    Once baked, hardtack can last for years. Actually, so can gruel. According to our beloved Republican Candidate for Governor Ron Saxton’s plan, the state will buy the hardtack and gruel once a year. With the savings from bulk purchasing, we can feed the prisoners for less than fifteen cents a day.

    The beauty of hardtack and gruel is that both can be served cold. Yes! So can coffee. Some people will pay good money for a cold cup of coffee, and our prisoners will get their cups for free, so there is no need to complain.

    No more unnecessary and wasteful cooking of food in prison! Consider the savings on energy! Yes! And they say that Ron Saxton doesn’t care about the environment!

    In a weakened state, the prisoners will be unable to riot and will be more manageable, requiring fewer correctional officers. We can then teach the correctional officers how to drive cars and write tickets, and then transfer them to the Oregon State Police, saving money on training costs, pay and benefits.

    Are you starting to realize the genius of the thinking of our beloved Ron Saxton? Yes! This is the way this man thinks, thinking of how to solve two problems at the same time, like President Bush, only without the big oil money in his pocket, and without the atomic bombs. Actually, I don’t know about the oil money.

    And once we have hired the troopers with the money we have saved in the prisons, we will assign the troopers to mount roadblocks on all highways coming into the state of Oregon. Yes! And the troopers will search the cars for evidence of foreign word infestation in our beloved English language. Yes!

    “Does Ron Saxton really want to starve the prisoners?” you ask.

    “Of course not,” I reply.

    This is the final beauty of our beloved Republican Candidate for Governor Ron Saxton’s plan. It is so very simple, and Ron Saxton was the first to think of this: the prisoners will not really starve, because their friends and family will bring food to the prison. This costs the state nothing, so Ron Saxton can follow through on his promise to cut the taxes of the wealthy.

    With his plan to fund the Oregon State Police, our beloved Ron Saxton will in effect privatize the prison kitchen system. At great savings! This man thinks like this, solving two problems at the same time.

    And they say Ron Saxton is not a friend of small business. Ha!

  • A KNESAL (unverified)
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    Nice catch! Nick

    "LoL'........laughing out Loud!

    ............ A KNESAL

  • Max (unverified)
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    Ever notice that a lot of folks just love typos? Ever notice that most lefties and government "managers" employ self-important terms like "contact myself", rather than the grammatically correct "contact me"?

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    Ever notice that most lefties and government "managers" employ self-important terms like "contact myself", rather than the grammatically correct "contact me"?

    Don't know too much about that. I've never seen it. One thing I'm sure of is this: If a guy wants to be Governor, he should at least make sure his people spell it right before sending out an expensive glossy with his name on it.

    How can we trust this guy to run the state government if he can't even conduct decent oversight over his own political campaign?

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    For all the humor, this is quite a bit more revealing than it first appears. For such a glaring spelling error to leak through, the entire mass mailing had to have been completely done by machine. There probably wasn't a human eye that looked at the thing from the end of design all the way through to the doorstep.

    That kind of mailing is pricey. You only do it when your campaign is short of volunteers.

    Which gets me to the revealing part. It's often been notes that, absent a strong campaign manager, campaigns usually resemble their candidate's true personality. This one reveals someone who trusts money more than people.

    Or maybe that's not such a big relevation. Saxton is a Republican, after all.

  • 17yearoldwithanopinion (unverified)
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    A.Y. Caramba, In a weakened state, the prisoners will be unable to riot and will be more manageable, requiring fewer correctional officers. We can then teach the correctional officers how to drive cars and write tickets, and then transfer them to the Oregon State Police, saving money on training costs, pay and benefits.And once we have hired the troopers with the money we have saved in the prisons, we will assign the troopers to mount roadblocks on all highways coming into the state of Oregon. Yes! And the troopers will search the cars for evidence of foreign word infestation in our beloved English language. Yes!

    What the hell are you talkig about. Are you making fun of Saxton or do you really support those crazy ideas?

  • LT (unverified)
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    For all the humor, this is quite a bit more revealing than it first appears. For such a glaring spelling error to leak through, the entire mass mailing had to have been completely done by machine. There probably wasn't a human eye that looked at the thing from the end of design all the way through to the doorstep.

    I seem to recall a campaign mailing a few years ago here in Salem where something was done by machine apparently because there was a typo almost as bad on a glossy mailing although not quite as obvious. "Come meet your neighbors" only it was an event held at the other end of the district, or a tone implying all good people would drop everything and come to the event, or name of addressee misspelled, or something like that. I think it was 4 years ago. Hadn't thought about that in years. If I recall the campaign correctly, it was one where the politician is running this year and has demonstrated a total tin ear about the views of local voters.

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    What the hell are you talkig about. Are you making fun of Saxton or do you really support those crazy ideas?

    A.Y. Caramaba is a regular satirist on these pages. Use salt liberally.

  • Sid Leader (unverified)
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    And who says PPS students can't spell!!!

    Give em heck, Nick.

    Your ol' tech teacher, Mr. Leader

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    Saxton must have used the same proofreader who did the math for his budget proposals.

    Thet's hylareous!

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    LT: I seem to recall a campaign mailing a few years ago here in Salem where something was done by machine apparently because there was a typo almost as bad on a glossy mailing although not quite as obvious. "Come meet your neighbors" only it was an event held at the other end of the district, or a tone implying all good people would drop everything and come to the event

    As much as I respect you LT, you'd probably have a bit more impact if you even got around to actually telling us whatever the hell you're talking about. I doubt anyone other than you remembers a "typo" in a 4 year old political flier that contained what you saw as an unwelcome tone and implication.

    Whatever it is, I'm sure it was no where near as glaring as "Saxton for Governer", so let's say that I'm extremely unconvinced that it's reasonable to compare whomever you're thinking about to Saxton.

  • Sponge (unverified)
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    Ron Saxton visited my daughter's high school last week. Her Model U.N. class was herded into the school auditorium for a question and answer session with the candidate. My 16-year-old daughter has no strong partisan leanings yet, but she came away from the encounter very frustrated. She said Saxton could not answer a single question directly, frequently interupted the questioners before they were finished, tried to loosen the audience with lame jokes, and after evading every question, directed them to consult his website for more information. Her question to me that evening was, "Could the governor possibly be as bad as this guy, or are all politians just like that?"

  • Sid Leader (unverified)
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    The GOP candidate for Governor of Oregon is confused. He is unable to tell students what he stands for. He is unable to articulate a position, any position, except that extremely rich white people, like him, need more money. Fast.

    You nailed it, Sponge.

    Ronnie's just "vaporware", in a bad suit.

  • Elliott (unverified)
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    Brilliant! I threw together a banner jpg that you can put on your blog to spread the word. Follow the link for the file.

  • theberle (unverified)
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    Merit pay for Ron Saxton's proofreader!

  • marcia (unverified)
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    Merit pay for Saxton!

  • whitenoyse (unverified)
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    Well then, I'm confused. Is GW "The Decider" or "The Decidor?"

  • Clive (unverified)
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    Is our governers learning? I guess not.

  • Kevin King (unverified)
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    <h2>In future adds have Ron remind oregonians that under "K" we have someting like the 5th highest Gas $ in the US. We used to have one of the lowest. We were the end of the line for AK pipe line. We also continue to have manditory pumped fuel by the gas station. Why are we behind the times? Thank You Kevin King (Eugene oregon)</h2>
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