On his blog, the O's Jeff Mapes posted (at midnight!) the news that Rep. Scott Bruun (R-West Linn) will announce his campaign for Congress today. He'll run against Congressman Kurt Schrader, who was first elected in 2008.
It looks as if the National Republican Congressional Committee has found its candidate in Oregon's 5th Congressional District: state Rep. Scott Bruun, R-West Linn. ...
Bruun said he's received encouragement from the GOP campaign committee, which has been sniffing around the district for months looking for a credible candidate.
A Schrader-Bruun matchup, if both men emerge from their respective primaries, could well be Oregon's premiere congressional race in 2010. Schrader is in his first reelection race, when incumbents are typically at their most vulnerable. And the 5th has often produced close races.
In November 1996, Bruun ran against the freshly-minted Congressman Earl Blumenauer - who handily defeated him. By 2004, Bruun had moved to West Linn and won the first of three terms in the Oregon House.
The NRCC is obviously working overtime to recruit candidates across the country. After touting their guy in Oregon's Fourth CD as a "top recruit", they watched as Sid Leiken crashed and burned. We'll see if Bruun fares any better.
Obviously, his departure from HD-37 makes his legislative seat freshly vulnerable to a Democratic pickup. Stay tuned on that score.