There's been no formal announcement yet, but State Senator Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) has told at least one media outlet that she's officially in the race for Congress. Kyle Trygstad at Roll Call tweets:
State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D) just told @rollcall she is officially in the #OR01 special. 11/8 primary, 1/31 gen.
This follows almost a week after the website BonamiciForCongress.com went live, soliciting contributions.
Update, 10:45 a.m. The Oregonian tweets a stack of top-tier endorsements:
Endorsing Bonamici: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts, AG John Kroger, former US Rep. Elizabeth Furse.
Update, 10:52 a.m. The AP is first up with a story.
State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici says she is running to replace former congressman David Wu.
Bonamici announced her candidacy in a news release on Thursday. She is a Democrat from Portland who has served in the Legislature since 2006.
Update, 11:17 a.m. The Hotline's Jessica Taylor tweets that Bonamici has raised a giant pile of money:
State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D) officially jumps in special, announces she's raised an eye-popping $240K in just 5 days
Update, 11:25 a.m. Bonamici's statement is now up on her website. Her quotes:
“The people of Oregon’s 1st District need a representative in Congress who will stand up for them – for their jobs and economic future, for the small businesses of our communities and for middle class families who are struggling through this tough economy,” said Bonamici. “That is what I have dedicated myself to as a consumer advocate and legislator and those are the values and priorities I will bring to Congress.” ...
“People’s enthusiasm and willingness to join this campaign has exceeded every expectation,” said Bonamici. ”It reinforces my belief that if you work hard, stand up for what is right and put the needs of Oregon’s families and communities first, people will respond. And that response has been simply amazing.”
Update, 12:20 p.m. This is curious. The AP's J.J. Cooper tweets:
Bonamici's campaign claims $240k in cash and pledges. There's still no FEC committee, which must mean she has less than $5k in cash
Update, 12:53 p.m. KGW has a story up with a clip from the Rob Cornilles announcement and an interview with Suzanne Bonamici. Watch the video.
Update, 1:49 p.m. J.J. Cooper has tweeted a correction to his earlier tweet:
Bonamici campaign correctly points out they have 15 days after raising $5k to file with fec. says half of $240k is cash. sorry.
Update, 1:56 p.m. The Hotline's Sarah Mimms has lots more detail about the Bonamici money, including a note that it doesn't include any personal funds from Bonamici.
Update, 8:55 p.m. Just added an in-depth interview from KATU above. Visit KATU to check out an interview of Rob Cornilles as well.
Stay tuned for updates.