Attorney General candidate John Kroger picked up a major endorsement today from former Governor John Kitzhaber. The endorsement follows former Governor Barbara Roberts' and Governor Ted Kulongoski's endorsement of rival candidate Rep. Greg Macpherson.
From the Oregonian:
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Wednesday became the latest high-profile Democrat to make an endorsement in a contested primary for attorney general.
Kitzhaber, who served two terms from 1995 to 2003, is backing John Kroger, a Lewis & Clark Law School professor and former federal prosecutor.
The endorsement is likely to help Kroger in a low profile race for attorney general. But at least in terms of gubernatorial endorsments, Kroger still lags behind his only announced opponent, Rep. Gregg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego.
Macpherson has the support of two Democratic bigwigs, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and former Gov. Barbara Roberts.
Read the rest. So far, Macpherson and Kroger are the only candidates in the race; no Republican has stepped forward to run for the office. Will any of the endorsements affect the race?
Update: The Kroger campaign has issued a press release detailing the endorsement with a quote from Kitzhaber:
Gov. John Kitzhaber today announced his endorsement of former federal prosecutor and Lewis & Clark Law Professor John Kroger in his race to become the next Attorney General of Oregon. "I am proud to endorse John Kroger to be the next Attorney General of Oregon," Gov. Kitzhaber said. "I like John's deep courtroom experience and his thoughtful ideas for protecting our children and the environment. He's a fighter, and that makes him the right person for the job."
Kroger was honored to earn Gov. Kitzhaber's support. "Gov. Kitzhaber and I have discussed the future of the state in detail, including my ideas for fighting the meth crisis, reducing child abuse, and protecting the environment. Gov. Kitzhaber is a role model for me, and I am very honored to have his support."
On Thursday, Gov. Kitzhaber and Kroger will tour the De Paul Youth Treatment Center in Portland with the Center's Executive Director Sheila North. Kroger has made fighting meth addiction a pillar of his campaign. "Gov. Kitzhaber and I both understand the importance of making drug treatment a priority for Oregon," he said.