John Kroger for US Senate?

Over at DailyKos.com, big dog blogger Kos suggests that Oregon Democrats consider running John Kroger for US Senate.

Previously on BlueOregon, Kroger has been discussed as a possible Attorney General candidate (here and here).

Cue Kos:

Oregon is ripe for a genuine people-powered candidate. One name I'm hearing from locals is John Kroger, a former federal prosecutor who busted mafia kingpins and Enron execs. He's been a policy aide to Bill Clinton, Tom Foley and Chuck Schumer.

Kos also mentions Steve Novick:

Another name bandied about is activist Steve Novick. Novick was the lead attorney in the Love Canal lawsuit which led to the $129 million judgment against Occidental Chemical (while serving in the Justice Department's environmental enforcement division). I guess he's short and has a wicked tongue. He's also a regular contributor at Blue Oregon.

Discuss.

Update: In the comments, John Kroger pulls himself out of the running for US Senate.

Comments

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    I hear Earl is going to run.

  • NorthCoastDemo (unverified)
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    Well - more power to him if he does, but I read the article at kos and it makes sense for Earl to stay in the house at this point seems to me.

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    Congressman Blumenauer hasn't made any announcement.

    Personally, I think he should run. It's unlikely he's going to achieve enough seniority to get a chairmanship - at least for a decade, and he could have much more influence in the Senate, even as a rookie.

    (Full disclosure - I run his campaign website, but I speak only for myself. I have not discussed a Senate campaign with Earl.)

  • Galen (unverified)
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    I dig the national attention this race is getting. But it probably means a lot more visitors to this site, and we wouldn't want all these new folks to get the wrong impression of Oregonians, would be? Oregonians would never mix up "queue" and "cue."

    ;-)

  • Dave Dickman (unverified)
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    Earl should run. He is the strongest candidate of the potential field that I have heard about here and elsewhere.

    Kari get busy and lobby your butt off to get Earl to go for the Senate.

  • Harry (unverified)
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    Hey, it sounds the same, maybe it's spelled the same. Kari, what skule did you attend?

    Back to the post... "I guess he's short and has a wicked tongue. He's also a regular contributor at Blue Oregon."

    So, which of those three descriptors qualify him for office? a) short b) wicked tongue c) BO contributor d) a and b e) b and c f) a and c g) a and b and c

  • John Kroger (unverified)
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    Hey folks:

    Flattering, but the job that really interests me -- and the one I am considering running for -- is Attorney General of Oregon. The issues I really care about are ones that impact us right here at home: meth, child abuse, child support enforcement, the environment. I think our next AG should tackle those issues aggressively.

    As for the Senate, I have to admit I am a John Kitzhaber man, and I wish he would run, because I think he would win, and we need leadership on health care in Washington. But if that doesn't happen, then I think everyone should give Steve Novick a hard look. Steve is, quite simply, the smartest public policy expert in the state, bar none. If the last six years have proved anything at all, we need more brains -- and more principled courage -- in Washington. Steve is also a real hero in the environmental world: the Love Canal case was a very big deal. So if Steve runs, we ought to take it very seriously. No one thought Paul Wellstone was a serious candidate, but he ran a true grass roots campaign, fought bvery hard, and he won. That ought to be our model.

  • Ross Williams (unverified)
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    . No one thought Paul Wellstone was a serious candidate

    Who is no one? Wellstone was a long shot, but he was an experienced statewide candidate with an established following.

    he ran a true grass roots campaign, fought bvery hard, and he won.

    He also had a brilliant paid media campaign. And he went over the top only after Rudy Boschwitz, his opponent, sent out a letter to synagogues the week before the election criticizing Wellstone for having married a non-Jew.

    And that grassroots campaign didn't just happen in 1990, it was the result of over 20 years of helping build citizen movements and training their leaders.

    Just to keep anything possible in perspective. Arne Carlson was elected governor of Minnesota that same year as a write-in candidate. He had been defeated in the Republican gubernatorial primary only two months earlier. Strange things happen, but its crazy to count on them.

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    "queue" and "cue."

    Dammit. I need more coffee.

    (This typo was definitely mine, but you shouldn't assume I write 'em all. We have three other editors, and they've been contributing a lot lately.)

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    John, are saying then definitively that you're out? Or would you consider a Draft Kroger for Senate campaign? :)

  • John Kroger (unverified)
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    Correct on both counts: I am not going to run for Senate, and we should not wait for Kitzhaber. We should draft Novick for Senate. And we should make sure we have a strong progressive running for every office.

  • Thomas Ware (unverified)
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    Kos is eastcoast. I thought we were tired of east coasters runing our show. Not necessarily in our interests.

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    It would be tough for an untested commodity to volunteer for this duty. Who wants to be the next Harry Lonsdale or Tom Bruggere? A U.S. Senate race against a seasoned incumbent is not exactly the best place to cut your political teeth.

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    Kari, you've now posted a "run" column for Jefferson, John and Steve.

    No more waiting in the queue, cue your "run Earl Run!" column.

  • LT (unverified)
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    Thanks, Thomas W.

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    Kos is eastcoast. I thought we were tired of east coasters runing our show. Not necessarily in our interests. Posted by: Thomas Ware | Feb 14, 2007 6:01:17 PM

    ROFL

    Wow, when did Berkley become east coast?

    Kos is anything BUT east coast. You have a serious lack of facts to back up your silly assertion.

    As for my initial post up-thread about Earl, my 411 on that is form some ads money he spent in the last cycle down-state, and some people who are with the office in the other chamber. Nothing decided, but that is the rumors I have been hearing.

  • Bill R. (unverified)
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    I think Ben Westlund would be a strong candidate.

  • Gil Johnson (unverified)
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    How is it that the conventional wisdom says Earl is the strongest potential candidate? As much as I love him as my representative, how is he going to play outside of Multnomah County? Other than being prescient on Iraq, his issues are awfully damn urban.

    Jeez, Novick is becoming a rock star in this state. He's all over the media and they all love him. Women think he's cute. I think the only guy who could beat him now in the primary is Ron Eachus (another short guy).

    If only he can raise money.

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    Kari, you've now posted a "run" column for Jefferson, John and Steve.

    And Ben Westlund, too.

    No more waiting in the queue, cue your "run Earl Run!" column.

    You know where the guest column button is.

  • Hawthorne (unverified)
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    "Novick is becoming a rock star in this state."

    Dude, we must attend different concerts. I don't think he'll be packing the Jersey Lilly in Roseburg anytime soon.

    Steve is a "rock star" to a select, insider crowd. Sort of like Brian Eno, I have a hard time seeing him stepping out front and gaining mass appeal. Doesn't mean he's not smart or funny or anything else.

    Earl might not play well outside of pdx either, but at least he could get a billing and would have the funds to get heard...all the while carrying the metro areas very well.

    As for Kroger (the topic of the post?)- he has my vote for any state wide office he choses to run for.

  • Chuck Butcher (unverified)
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    A voice from the wilds: I know who Earl is (sometimes I can spell his last name) and most people I know (not just Democrats - that'd be awfully select for here) know who Earl is.

    I read BO and I barely know who Novick is. That's uphill alot.

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    "Novick is becoming a rock star in this state."

    Hey, I saw women flinging their room keys at Novick at the DPO Oregon Summit last year. It was shameless.

  • Erik Sorensen (unverified)
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    Troubles with KOS? Kos is quoting Blue Oregon and Oregon regularly, so giving Kos say on Oregon Politics on this blog is the least Kari can do.

    Not sure of the Novick-Rockstar comparison thing, but if he has a chance to win, he should definately run. The real question is, does he have enough following outside of the Portland Political Insider and Blue Oregon Crowd?

  • Tom Bennett (unverified)
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    How about former Air Force General Tony McPeak of Lake Oswego? He'd pull votes from all over the state and across party lines.

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    <h2>I like Tony McPeak. That DUI hurts. It may not be a deal-killer, but it hurts.</h2>
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