VOTE FOR PHIL BUSSE for MAYOR OF PORTLAND
- A stark contrast to rival Francesconi -
As one who has worked on various international issues for 20 years, I was pleased that Phil Busse recently gave to me an unequivical committment to speak up, if elected as Portland's next mayor, on significant U.S. foreign policy issues as merited. He knows how U.S. foreign policy can indeed effect Portlanders directly - and all Americans.
Last year, City Councilman Jim Francesconi (Phil's rival in the current race for mayor) rejected a proposed City Council motion opposing the pending U.S. attack on Iraq, cowardly claiming that "foreign policy is not my job as a local politician."
There are many people in Portland who rightly saw Francesconi's vote as a monumental lack of leadership, hidden under a cloak of bureaucratic procedure, for political expediency. Does Francesconi know - or care - that Oregon has one of the highest percentages of national gaurdsmen sent to Iraq of any state in the nation, for example?
In stark contrast, Phil Busse will not hide his head between his legs and avoid matters that truly effect all of us. He will, in contrast to Francesconi, be a leader.
Through various assignments in my career, working for the US Department of State, The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Associated Press, the United Nations, and others, I have always thought it to be noteworthy whenever there is a local politician with the insight to realize the connection between local politics and the wider world around us all.
Phil is clearly such an enlightened candidate, and he deserves our strong support in Tuesday's mayoral election.
I have already sent in my vote for Phil Busse for Mayor, and I encourage you to do the same.
Don Lieber (Portland resident)
International Campaign to Ban Landmines