Interesting Murmurs

I don't know about anyone else, but I found a couple of items in Willamette Week's "Murmurs" interesting:

Political junkies, here's your one-stop midsummer fix: Former Oregon Republican Party chairman Kevin Mannix's friends are pushing for the failed GOP gubernatorial candidate to replace the retiring Richard Butrick as the next boss of the state's leading business lobby, Associated Oregon Industries....  Finally, Gov. Ted Kulongoski's sometimes chilly relations with Senate Democrats won't be helped by hiring Charlie Burr last week as his spokesman. Burr filed an elections complaint against state Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) in her unsuccessful challenge to City Commissioner Erik Sten earlier this year.

There's something about working Kevin Mannix, Charlie Burr, and Ginny Burdick into the same item (and in the original, Neel Pender is mentioned, too!) that I find irresistable. 


  • LT (unverified)

    Best of luck to Charlie.

    Maybe he will be able to explain to his new boss that there is a whole wide world out there (Blue Oregon and other blogs, people who talk politics at 4th of July BBQs and elsewhere) and the more the incumbent Gov. can explain about his thoughts, words and actions to the general public, the better Ted's chances of re-election.

  • Arnold (unverified)

    I disagree with the contention that Mr. Burr's pointed and accurate critiques of Ms. Burdick's campaign and policy positions in a LOCAL race put our Governor in a tight spot with Senate Democrats. If anything, it shows that our Governor pays attention to progressive voices making salient arguments. Something all Oregonians (Senate Democrats included) should recognize.

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    Burdick didn't exactly make Charlie look bad in the election, did she?

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    Seems to me that if Teddy K has been lacking in one major area of the campaign, it's been in the area of PR.

    Hiring a known thinker and progressive activist, sure seems like a step in the right direction.


    I don't follow WW's implied tie-in between TK's alleged "chilly relations with the Senate" and Charlie's calling Ginny Burdick out as a PBA quisling.


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    For what it's worth, Charlie has worked for Senators Charlie Ringo, Margaret Carter, Kate Brown, and (soon-to-be-Senator) Brad Avakian.

    He ran the Ringo race, and that one was pretty instrumental in the Democrats regaining control that year.

    I'm sure relationships with the Senate Democrats are just fine...

    [Disclaimer: I built the campaign websites for Ted Kulongoski, Erik Sten, and the Senate Democrats. No ill effects so far, either.]

  • KISS (unverified)

    Who cares? Demos like right wingers are all beholding to the lobbyists. Ol' Harry said, you put them in a paper bag and anyone you pull out is the same. He was referring to they is lobbycrats, or lobbycans.

  • Scott McLean (unverified)
    <h2>Regular folks should have more influence in the Oregon Legislature and Congress. That's what I am for.</h2>
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