Trying to keep things organized, so I've moved all the updates about possible candidates over here.
To recap for our out-of-town visitors: Right now, the only Democratic candidates are previously-announced Brad Avakian, the state labor commissioner; and Brad Witt, a state representative from Clatskanie. There are no Republican candidates.
Update, 1:05 p.m. According to the Cascade Policy -sponsored website "Oregon Capitol News", State GOP spokesman Greg Leo has two more possible Republican names: Tea Party activists John Kuzmanich and Doug Keller, along with previously mentioned businessman Rob Miller and 2010 nominee Rob Cornilles.
Update, 1:12 p.m. Two hours ago, Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-Hillsboro) tweeted
Thanks for all the inquiries/calls asking whether I'll run for Congressional District 1. I'll be announcing my decision shortly.
Update, 3:45 p.m. Senator Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) facebooked:
Thanks to all for the encouragement. We can now focus on how to make sure that the people who live in CD 1 are effectively represented in Congress. I will have an announcement about that very soon. In the meantime, my apologies to all of those who have not been able to reach me; my voicemail keeps filling up! Please email me at suzannefororegon (--) gmail.com. And stay tuned!
Update, 4:19 p.m. According to the AP, Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) is still out, citing family obligations (same as in March). Businessman Rob Miller is "seriously considering" a run (same as a week ago)
Update, 11:34 p.m. OPB's April Baer has this interesting note - about whether national money may come to play in Oregon:
You might think so, but the handicappers don't see it that way. I talked today to Kyle Trygstad. He's a politics reporter for Roll Call, the online newspaper that covers Capitol politics. He says President Obama did really well in the First District in 2008. What's more, David Wu won by a pretty wide margin last year without doing a lot of boots-on-the-ground campaigning. He doesn't see Oregon CD-1 taking precedence over some other Democratic and Republican priority areas.
Update, 11:38 p.m. Came across this curious comment from political analyst and corporate lobbyist Len Bergstein in an item from Politico:
“There are a lot of talented Democrats in this district, people in the business community, and we may see a self-funder emerge,” Bergstein said.
Update, 11:42 p.m. Allen Alley signals the forthcoming campaign message from the Republicans in comments to Newsweek's Daily Beast.
But the other possibility is that Democrats take blame for “allowing” Wu to keep his job, despite years of weird behavior, said Allen Alley, chairman of the Oregon GOP.
“The Democratic Party knew this was going on and they let the guy get elected,” Alley said. “They’re going to have to tell the electorate why they’re not responsible for it in any way, shape, or form, and I think that’s going to be hard.”
The two names most mentioned as candidates are conservatives who ran the impressive campaigns against Wu: Molly Bordonaro, longtime associate of George W. Bush and former U.S. ambassador to Malta, who lost to Wu by a tight 50% to 47% the last time the seat was open (1998), and sporting goods entrepreneur Rob Cornilles, who raised $607,000 and held the incumbent to a 52% to 42% margin last year.
Clearly Washington is still dominated by politicians who don't get it. The people in Congressional District 1 deserve a candidate devoted to changing the culture of power in D.C.