Last month, Senator Gordon Smith sent a taxpayer-funded mailer to Democratic voters in the Portland metro area. Among other things, the official newsletter touted his work "advancing legislation with Senator Hillary Clinton". (H/T: The mailer was first posted by Beaver Boundary.)
Today, in advance of his trip to Eastern Oregon, Jeff Merkley sent a copy of that mailing to Eastern Oregon Republicans - along with a note of his own. An excerpt:
The enclosed brochure was mailed from Smith’s U.S. Senate office at taxpayer expense. In it he touts work he claims to have done with two prominent Democrats: our other Senator, Ron Wyden, and Senator Hillary Clinton. Smith likes to tell people in Portland that he works closely with Hillary Clinton. Does he talk about his work with prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton when he’s in your town?
That isn’t the way I will run my campaign. I’ll stand by my principles, no matter what. I won’t pretend to be anyone other than who I am, no matter which part of the state I might be visiting. That’s what a Senator for all Oregonians owes to the people he represents.
We're not sure here at BlueOregon about the congressional franking rules, but sending a taxpayer-funded mailing targeted to voters of one party in one part of the state wouldn't seem to be allowed under U.S. Senate rules, or maybe federal law. Can our readers help?