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Oregon business owners for Bu$h

If you were wondering who Bu$h's local endorsers were at his wretched little Beaverton event...
The "small business" representatives who spoke at Bu$h's Beaverton appearance on Friday the 13th were, according to press reports and transcript:

1. George Puentes, CEO of Puentes Brothers/Don Pancho in Salem, which makes Don Pancho tortillas/chips and other Mexican food products. Consumers might want to make note of his political support for Bu$h when choosing such products, and might wish to let his company know of such choices. It seems to be a publicly-traded company (so, not all that "small.")
<www.donpancho.com>

2. Jana Taylor, founder of Jan's Cookies (aka Jana's Classics) is an Ayn Rand fan who looked very nervous when she spoke in Beaverton. Her company in Tualatin mass-produces cookie dough for "cookie-dough" ice cream (including, possibly, Ben & Jerry's) and individually wrapped cookies for airline treats. If passengers are given one of her cookies on a flight, they might want to refuse it and then write that particular airline to tell them why they object to them. Likewise, if Ben & Jerry's or other ice cream company clients can be verified/identified.
<www.janas.com>

3. Vail Horton, founder of startup company Keen Mobility. Born without legs, Mr. Horton started a company which makes "mobility enhancement products" such as wheelchair cushions and tips for canes. Mr. Horton has reportedly served or is serving as a member of the "Bu$h-Cheney '04 National Small Business Steering Committee."
<www.keenmobility.com>

4. Kathy Lecompte of Brooks Tree Farms, a large commercial nursery for "reforestation" and landscaping, in Brooks, Oregon. She has lobbied against the increase in Oregon's minimum wage.
<www.brookstreefarm.com>

Puentes and Taylor have gotten a lot of publicity in the business press for their successful companies, as has Horton for bravely risking a "startup" business. The four speakers glowingly praised the Bu$h administration's excellent effects on their companies and most if not all said they had hired people recently. One wonders what their employee health insurance situation is like.