Oregon Republicans would love to defeat Secretary of State Kate Brown. After all, the self-proclaimed party of "fiscal responsibility" and "law and order" couldn't manage to field a single candidate in the May primary for Treasurer or Attorney General - but they did manage to convince orthopedic surgeon Knute Buehler to run against Kate.
And now that we're seven weeks from election day, the Republicans are getting desperate.
As reported by the O's Jeff Mapes, Buehler's even gone so far as to hire the guys who made the Swiftboat Veterans ads that smeared John Kerry back in 2004. I have a fairly high tolerance for attack ads - but that was an outright smear. And the folks who made it should be ashamed of themselves. And anybody that hires 'em is just getting down and dirty, too.
In addition, Buehler ally Jack Roberts (the last Republican to win a statewide office - way back in 1994 and 1998) penned a silly attack on Kate Brown in the Oregonian. He complained that, well, in a county party appearance four years ago, Kate called a bunch of progressive groups "just special" (as opposed to "special interests"). It's the kind of trite line that should be forgotten as soon as it's uttered. The fact that it's the crux of some metaphysical argument from Jack Roberts is bizarre.
Meanwhile, Governor Barbara Roberts - a former Secretary of State herself - came to Brown's defense in the pages of the O:
In his partisan attack on Secretary of State Kate Brown last week, columnist Jack Roberts got one thing right: Brown does believe that those who fight to protect our environment, support our schools and ensure that our basic American rights are available to all Oregonians are special. I believe that most Oregonians would agree. I certainly do. Roberts' curt dismissal of those thousands of Oregonians as "special interests" was telling.
I'll keep you posted on when Knute's attack ads hit the air. Probably going to be a doozy. If you're inclined to help Kate fight back, chip in here.
(New around here? Barbara Roberts and Jack Roberts are no relation.)