I think this is the quote of the election -- from Jeff Mapes Oregonian article about the teabagger Koch brothers contribution to Mike Schaufler yesterday:
"These are the people who create jobs" in Oregon, he said, noting that it's a major producer of paper products here. "If people think that's bad, they should just stop using toilet paper," he said.
"He" quoted is of course Mike Schaufler.
If you don't like the major supporters of the tea party, you should stop using toilet paper? Huh? I've never seen such ridiculous rhetoric in Oregon politics. There have been many moments where I thought Mike Schaufler may have jumped the shark, but I think this takes the cake.
After the acceptance and then under pressure return of money from the Koch brothers, I thought I’d do a bit more Research into Schaufler’s C&E’s. It’s pretty clear they’ll show you he’s no longer one of us. There is nothing liberal or progressive about him. If he wins re-election, he will be even more clearly in the pocket of the right wing Republicans. He's taken money from the worst possible donors while living a lavish lifestyle out of his campaign coffers, though that’s been covered so I won’t get into that again.
I’d like to offer a list of other contributions Mike should return....
Let’s start in the past -- in his last election, when he faced no opposition, he took $500 from the NRA! I think accepting a donation from a group that doesn’t even support banning assault rifles from our streets to keep kids safe is just is unconscionable. Further the NRA is pulling out all the stops to unelect President Barack Obama. Where do you really stand on gun control, Mike?
Next we go to Pacific Seafood. Mike took a whopping $10,000 from them! A case was recently settled but Schaufler had no concerns with Pacific Seafood keeping their boots on the throats of Oregon’s hard working fishers. You stand up for the workers? If voters believe that I’ve got some Oceanside property in Kansas to sell them.
Next up is Associated Oregon Industries, which is an anti-worker organization. AOI opposes paid family leave among other anti-worker policies. Oh and by the way the Koch brothers just funneled $5,000 through them.
Next is a favorite of mine: the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. ORLA donated $5000 to Schaufler. What does ORLA care about? Thwarting the will of the voters and lowering the minimum wage for Oregon’s hard working service staff an issue the Oregon AFL-CIO worked hard to pass. That’s ORLA's top issue.
Next we get into Mike’s “cut baby cut” mantra.” Oregon Forest Industries Council which is big timber and funded by among other companies, Georgia Pacific, which per Schaufler is a Koch Brothers owned company. Mike is a rare registered Democrat to take money from them. This was a small one, it was only a grand which is what about 50 times what the average voter could contribute to a campaign? By the way, in noting that Georgia Pacific was owned by Koch, which is why he got the contribution, why didn't he just get a GP check directly? They seem to write them pretty freely. The Oregon Loggers PAC, who give almost exclusively to Republicans gave $5000 to Mike also.
Ballots will be out within hours of my posting this. Mike is running against a fine American. He's having a huge canvass event this weekend. Won't you join us to help unelect Oregon's only Republican registered as a Democrat?