By Moses Ross of Portland, Oregon. Moses describes himself as "the owner PoliticalRobocalls.com, a Portland-based robocall company, the father of a beautiful 2 1/2 year old daughter, Emma Maria, and a lifelong Democratic Party activist currently serving as Treasurer of the Multnomah County Democratic Party."
In a response to a recent post on potential candidates for the Senate seat currently held by Gordon Smith, I wrote, "A wise man once said words to the effect that you have to be the change that you want to create." I also wrote that for you to become that change you must do it through the force of your convictions, that it was the right thing to do. That personal strength of conviction, in turn, inspires others to participate and support it.
In my mind, out of all of the potential candidates that have been bantered about to run against Senator Smith, only one has a proven strength and clarity of conviction, a proven ability to inspire through his actions and a proven track record of follow-through, of serving the public good not only here in Oregon but for the betterment of our nation.
That man is Congressman Earl Blumenauer.
He has inspired Oregonians throughout his political career to stand up and live up to the values to which Oregonians hold dear, that the government is a partner, not an adversary in the fight for creating livable communities.
For a government that helps us maintain a healthy environment for our families, now and in the future, to respect and admire.
For a government that works by and with the people, because its the right thing to do.
Earl is a person who walks the talk. He'll be the change we need. Oregon and our nation would be very well served with a Senator Earl Blumenauer representing us in Washington D.C.
Out of all the potential candidates discussed here on BlueOregon to run against Senator Smith, only Earl Blumenauer has an extensive and experienced background as an elected official in Oregon.
Earl has been an Oregon leader since 1973, when he was elected and served three terms the Oregon Legislature. He then was elected to the Multnomah County Commission in 1979, where he served two terms. From there, he was elected to the Portland City Council in 1987, where he served until 1996 when he was elected to the U.S. Congress, representing our 3rd District.
If he were to decide to run, he immediately becomes the front-runner, bringing not only credibility and experience in Oregon politics, but his network of supporters gleaned from years of devoted elected service in Oregon. This translates into the deep pockets that would be required to run a statewide campaign against a sitting incumbent.
In regards to the biggest issue of the day, Iraq, there is a huge contrast between Earl and Gordon Smith. Earl has presented plans to withdraw troops from Iraq within one year and supports the upcoming resolution opposing the increase of troops in Iraq, positions that would gain a sympathetic ear from Oregon Democrats and Independents (and even many Republicans).
Earl needs us right now as much as we need Earl. He needs us to stand up and let him know:
Earl, our state and our nation needs true leadership. You are that man. Help us and we will help you.
We will put our hard-earned money on the table to assist you against the lies and the obfuscation of the right-wingers that are financing Senator Smith.
We will put our feet on the street to educate and inform Oregon voters of your positions that actually reflect our Oregon values versus the waffling and self-serving platform of Senator Smith.
We got your back, Earl. Now we need you to get ours.
Run, Earl, Run!