Governor John Kitzhaber announced earlier today that he would appoint Ellen Rosenblum to serve out the remainder of John Kroger's term - roughly six months. Kroger, of course, is due to resign on June 29 to become the new president of Reed College.
In related news, the Republicans now have an AG candidate - an attorney named James Buchal. He got nearly 13,000 votes via the hilarious write-in campaign that GOP officials organized after failing to field a candidate by the filing deadline.
Buchal's legal resume is here, but it sounds like he's basically a nutball. His website makes some audacious claims:
The basic idea of the campaign is that we need an Attorney General who wants to throw crooks in jail, and not just hold hands and sing Kumbaya with Leftist interest groups. We all know that the crooks are basically running things now.
He's also the author of an anti-environmental screed called "The Great Salmon Hoax".
So, yes, you should support Ellen Rosenblum. Visit EllenRosenblum.com to learn more.
And, incidentally, the Republicans also nominated Tom Cox for treasurer via write-in. He's the fellow who ran for Governor as a Libertarian a decade ago. You can support state treasurer Ted Wheeler here.