When thinking of greenwashing one thinks of oil companies using warm-fuzzy pictures and aspirational language, or DuPont sponsoring Earth Day celebrations.
The latest example is far closer to home. It’s Tom Hughes running for the Metro Presidency, and trying hard to confuse voters about who the pro-environment candidate is.
Throughout the Metro President race, the Sierra Club and OLCV have endorsed a single candidate: Bob Stacey.
It's not surprising - Stacey has dedicated his life to making Oregon a better place to live, including running 1000 Friends of Oregon for several years, building and helping pass Measure 49, and linking land use and transportation decisions with their climate impacts.
Sadly, Tom Hughes is working to pull the wool over many people's eyes, mainly by referring to endorsements from several years ago when he ran for mayor (endorsements the Willamette Week cited, while being mum on the current OLCV endorsement for Stacey).
As detailed at OLCV’s blog, Hughes has been invoking OLCV’s name in his voters’ pamphlet statement and in a mailer, and at candidate forums. His ads talk about protecting family farms and open spaces.
Hughes’ positions and money trail tell a completely different story. Hughes has been calling for greater expansions of the urban growth boundary, has been paid to lobby for developers, and is getting big money from development and anti-environment interests.
Developers have given Hughes over $100,000 in this race. Stimson Lumber – the second-biggest backer of Chris Dudley and a past six-figure backer of the anti-land use Oregonians In Action PAC - has weighed in with $5000 for Hughes. And the PAC of Rep. Matt Wingard – one of the worst anti-environment legislators - has also contributed to Hughes.
The choice is clear: if you support preserving Oregon’s environment, protecting our world-class farmland, keeping an effective urban growth boundary, and promoting responsible transportation choices, vote for Bob Stacey.
As a side note, Stacey has also been endorsed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Governor John Kitzhaber, Governor Barbara Roberts, and Clackamas County Chair Lynn Peterson.