The Oregonian's Harry Esteve reported on Tuesday that prominent lobbyist John DiLorenzo is considering running for Governor as an independent. It's all the more strange because DiLorenzo has often represented Republicans as an attorney.
"I understand that 'lobbyist' is kind of a pejorative term," DiLorenzo said. "But what we have missed in our governors are governors with lobby skills, being able to reach out and pull both sides together."
Getting on the ballot would require signatures of 18,000 registered voters by August, a task DiLorenzo said he could accomplish.
Reaction to DiLorenzo's interest in the race ranged from shocked surprise to rhetorical eye-rolling. DiLorenzo, a lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine, is considered one of Oregon's' deepest political insiders but rarely, if ever, viewed as a potential candidate.
DiLorenzo's been thinking about career shifts for a while. Last fall, he told the Oregonian: "I'm about to turn 55, and I have gotten to a point in my career where I'm starting to think about doing things I believe in." (Which, of course, raises questions about which causes and candidates he's advocated for previously that he didn't believe in.)
While GOP chairman Bob Tiernan's reaction was dismissive, DPO executive director Trent Lutz noted that it's a sign that Republicans may not be happy with their choices of Dudley, Alley, Sizemore, and Lim:
"I don't think he'd enter the race lightly," Lutz said. "I'm guessing he's hearing from people in his community that they're not satisfied with the candidates."
Should make for an interesting summer.