Given that the Oregon Governor's race is the only one in Oregon where Republicans are raising money, it makes sense that constituency groups are weighing in for Kitzhaber. The first salvo is up on the air, from SEIU.
From yesterday, David Steves at the Eugene Register Guard published the story, interviewing SEIU political director Art Towers:
Here’s how Towers explained the message his union’s ad is trying to get across: “Chris Dudley runs in the circles of the ultra wealthy, millionaires, multimillionaires ... Our point is that he’s publicly pledged he’s going to provide that set of folks hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when ordinary Oregonians who rely on public service are seeing their school year threatened. They’re seeing public safety threatened and they’re seeing other vital public services threatened.”
Towers declined to say how much his union is spending on the ads and it has yet to publicly disclose such figures through the Oregon Secretary of State’s ORESTAR online campaign finance database.
The ad first aired Tuesday in the Portland area and went statewide today.