The longest primary campaign EVER is rolling along in the First Congressional District. Miles and miles to go, my friends. But a couple of newsworthy items pinged my radar as this race sloooooowly starts to take shape.
Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury endorsed Brad Avakian for Congress today noting, "It's pretty clear to me we'd have a real challenge holding onto that seat if Mr. Wu winds up winning the primary because I think he really has some significant electoral problems these days,". Ouch.
On a more bizarre note, former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse, who held the seat in the First from 1993-1999, says she's considering jumping in.
My initial reaction: she can't be serious. First of all, the district is WAY more politically liberal than when Furse held the seat. Second, she went out of her way to endorse Gordon Smith for U.S. Senate (twice). Not only is that absolutely horrible judgment on her part, it's flat stupid politics in a district that went in the other direction.
Furse also told the Oregonian that she didn't know how many activists would resent her support of Smith. Here's a hint for her: A LOT. Expecting progressives and Democrats to back her when she showed such lousy judgment is an exercise in delusion, in my view.