Congressman Greg Walden may want to rethink his recent endorsement of Medford's incumbent Republican State Rep. Sal Esquivel who is looking for a 4th term. In today's Medford Mail Tribune
It turns out Walden endorsed a sitting State Rep. who has failed to pay property taxes since 2007 on some investment property. Esquivel, attempting to defend his actions told the reporter. "It's a business decision." Esquivel owes $13,000 in back taxes. If he doesn't pay up by June 15th he'll owe $18,000 with interest or go into foreclosure.
Esquivel sent an email to his supporters a few weeks back slamming his opponent Lynn Howe for bringing to our attention that Sal Esquivel proposed a 5% sales tax (HB 3269) In her mailer she mentioned taxing food. The mailer was in error regarding the taxation of food. Mr. Esquivel's House Bill excluded food.
Following on the heels of the Howe mailer Esquivel wrote in a heated email to his supporters, "Working for Oregonians is all about ethics, all about honesty, all about standing by your principles. Once you side step your principles you lose the very essence of your soul and you are of little use to anyone at that point in time."
The Republican Promote Oregon Leadership PAC sent out a mailer with the line "Sal Esquivel doesn't have to lie to get your vote. Vote for jobs and no new taxes."
So much for truthiness.
Esquivel sponsored a 5% sales tax (HB3269) supported a 5 cent beer tax (HB 3241) and in May of 2009 he voted for a gas tax (HB2001). Esquivel voted yes on the increase of a 6 cent gas tax increase, higher vehicle registration fees, higher weight mile taxes for trucks and increased title fees. Southern Oregon's R- Dennis Richardson voted no. Southern Oregon's R - Jason Atkinson voted no.
I can't help wondering if Congressman Walden has any regrets after sending a glossy mailer endorsing Sal Esquivel?