A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Progressive Party candidate Robert Wolfe broke state elections law and is out for revenge
By Bill Bradbury of Bandon, Oregon. Bill is a former Senate President and Secretary of State of Oregon.
There are two things that disqualify you to be Oregon’s Secretary of State – the second highest office in our state.
One of those is experience. Knute Buehler, an independently wealthy surgeon and Republican candidate for Secretary of State, doesn’t have any relevant experience that would prepare him to oversee all of Oregon’s elections. That, and his alignment with the right-wing war on voting and his baseless fears about our vote-by-mail system, make him all wrong for Oregon and he shouldn’t be given the power of the Secretary of State’s office.
Visit KnuteBuehlerFacts.com to learn more about Dr. Buehler, but for now, the topic of this post is actually the second thing that disqualifies a person from serving Oregon as our Secretary of State - and that is: breaking state elections law.
Someone who broke the law and oversaw employees who forged voter signatures to get a citizen initiative on the ballot before Oregonians should not be Oregon’s Secretary of State.
That person is Robert Wolfe, the Progressive Party candidate in this election.
Let’s be clear, Wolfe does not expect to win – he is using the Progressive Party ticket to engage in a personal vendetta against Kate Brown.
Earlier this year, as reported widely by the media, Robert Wolfe broke state elections law and the proposed fine totals $65,000, the largest fine in Oregon elections history.
As Secretary of State, the law required Kate Brown to hold him accountable. In response, Wolfe is taking revenge against Kate by running against her as the Progressive Party candidate.
Not only did Wolfe illegally compensate employees gathering signatures for a ballot measure, but the media also reported that his team forged voters’ signatures without the voters’ knowledge.
Such actions are in violation of Oregon’s Constitution – laws that were put in place by the voters of Oregon.
This is not the first time Wolfe has attacked the Secretary of State. Wolfe filed a claim against her, but a judge ruled that the claim was factually and legally inaccurate.
So to be clear: Wolfe is attacking Kate for following the law and protecting the integrity of the citizens’ initiative process – the very thing we expect our Secretary of State to do.
Voters shouldn't believe one thing Wolfe says. Because the truth is that Kate has fought fraud in the initiative process, and because of her work, Oregon received the highest ranking in the country from the non-partisan Ballot Initiative Strategy Center for transparency, fairness and integrity in the ballot initiative process.
When Kate first ran for Secretary of State, she promised Oregonians that she would crack down on fraud and abuse in the paid signature gathering process. Kate knows that when volunteers gather signature, there aren't problems – but when big money gets involved, there are and it’s her job to hold accountable those who break the law.
Kate has done exactly what she said she would – actions we expect from a Secretary of State who has integrity and cares very deeply about initiatives getting on the ballot through legal and legitimate means.
A vote for Kate Brown is a vote for preserving the integrity of our electoral system in Oregon.