It seems that the Oregon Republican Party is in need of rescuing - and Gordon Smith has decided he has the guy to do it. Jeff Mapes has the story:
The debt-ridden Oregon Republican Party sought to make fresh start Wednesday by replacing its executive director with a longtime aide to Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
Andrew Over, who has been Smith's deputy campaign manager, will take over the party's top staff position from Amy Langdon, who has held the position since 2003, according to Brianne Hyder, the party's spokeswoman. ...
"He's got all the skills needed to help the party open a new chapter in our book," said Hyder, who added, "There's no doubt we needed to make some changes."
Why does the party need to make changes? Because it's been run into the ground.
As of Jan. 31, the party listed nearly $300,000 in debts, including a $34,000 lien from the IRS for unpaid payroll taxes. Party officials have said they have made progress since then in paying off the tax lien.
Good news for Democrats: Amy Langdon, who was the party executive director who was the captain of that sinking ship, will now - apparently - go work for Kevin Mannix's apparent run for Congress.
Langdon ran Kevin Mannix's 2002 campaign for governor and took over the party post after he became the GOP chairman in 2003. According to one GOP source, Langon will likely go to work for Mannix's expected campaign for the 5th congressional district seat.