You've got to see this video from Thursday night's Beaverton Voters Forum. It's a short 90-second clip of Rep. Tobias Read using his opening statement to blast Manuel Castaneda - who is Rep. Jeff Barker's opponent.
Take a moment to watch the video. Now, here's the backstory:
In Washington County, Republicans - and their right-wing friends at the Oregon Transformation Project - are desperately trying to defeat Rep. Jeff Barker (D-Aloha).
They're so desperate that they're resorted to just making things up. In a recent mailer, for example, they imply that Rep. Barker is going to earn a $100,000 pension from serving in the legislature. The truth? It's substantially less than that - and the bulk of it comes from his 30-year career as a police officer.
Stranger still? The mailer says "Why is Jeff Barker running for office, when he probably wants to spend even more time in Arizona?" - suggesting that he's been vacationing in Arizona, rather than doing the people's business. As Barker told WW's Aaron Mesh, he hasn't spent any time vacationing in Arizona.
“I vacationed in Arizona with my dad and sister in my dad’s brand new 1955 Dodge,” Barker says. “I was twelve.”
For the record, it's the Republican leadership that's been taking winter vacations to sunny locales to, ahem, play golf.
Manuel Castaneda and the Oregon Transformation Project should be ashamed of themselves. And here's to Tobias Read for speaking up and offering a response that had exactly the right amount of outrage.