So back during the campaign, TA put up a post about the HD 49 race out in East County. Apparently some of Matt Wand's Libertarian Strike Force had done a little judicious lying about their opponent Nick Kahl and TA called 'em out. Carla followed up a couple of days later clarifying the specifics and I'm thinking, "Hey, here's some good solid dirt that we can use to paint our guy as the victim."
I mean we spent years out here in HD-52 hearing one single consistent message about why they supported our Republican rep Patti Smith, "She's a nice lady." Anything said by an opponent against her would cause an outcry of unfair persecution people would rally to support her.
"Well", I say to myself, "Our own Nick Kahl Might benefit from a little righteous indignation. Might even get him a point or two in the polls." But it was not to be, as our very own Hard Bright Boyz and Gurlz had their own little ambush set, unbeknownst to we mere mortals.
See, there were vast amounts of cash and truckloads of wild eyed libertarian consultants sent down to local races all over the US. One of the big players is Americans for Prosperity, which was created by the billionaire Koch brothers to spread the the old Free Market gospel. Just last week Jeff Kropf chair of the Oregon group was bragging about how his group's "boots on the ground" were decisive in winning the race. One of their central tax policy positions is to put what they call a 23% consumption tax (actually around 30% when you do the math right) tax out there to replace all other forms of taxation. Guys like Chuck Sheketoff can explain why it's a crazy idea, but the main thing for our story is that even though Matt Wand is not a member of AFP, and he is nowhere on the record as having supported this tax, our guys decided that this was a good place to attack.
A lot of Mult Dem groundtroops were pretty pissed when the mailers started going out and a few of us in Clackamas County received some of that good lovin' too. So, you guessed it, the victimhood that I hoped would accrue to Kahl wound up with Wand. The Outlook ran multiple play by plays under the wise tutelage of Mr. Garber, no doubt, and soon enough even the Oregonian was in on the act.
I'll assert, without a shred of evidence, that even in this really bad year, we had a chance to get Cheryl Myers or Nick Kahl into the lege, and this move could have been what blew it for us.