Speaker Jeff Merkley announced this morning that he's running for the U.S. Senate. From JeffMerkley.com:
This morning I took the first step on an exciting journey for a better future for Oregon. I filed papers with the Secretary of the Senate to formally begin my campaign for the United States Senate.
I'm running for U.S. Senate because I believe we need to make some big changes in our country. And I believe George Bush and Gordon Smith are leading us in the wrong direction.
He immediately took aim at Gordon Smith:
Oregon needs a new U.S. Senator who will bring a real passion to the job. A passion for tax fairness, public education and for helping ordinary, everyday Oregonians achieve their aspirations and make their dreams come true.
I believe we can put the public interest before the special interests in our nation's capital again. I've spent my career in Oregon fighting for what matters for regular working families. Now, I'm ready to continue that fight in the U.S. Senate.
Gordon Smith is part of the problem in Washington. He promised to be our Senator, but he's working for big corporations and wealthy lobbyists instead. And make no mistake: Gordon Smith and his special-interest friends will raise millions of dollars to hide his record and confuse Oregon voters.
But I will fight for ordinary working families, not multi-millionaires. I will run a grassroots campaign with the participation of thousands of Oregonians. I hope you'll join us. Make a small donation to get us started, volunteer for the campaign, and sign up for my campaign updates.
Read the rest at Jeff Merkley for Oregon.