The Sun River event, held every two years, has traditionally
featured candidates running for the spring Democratic Primary. Candidate Sorenson, the Lane County Commisioner with populist appeal, has a grass roots campaign going which is viable enough to apparently threaten the incumbent governor. Neel Pender notified Pete of his disbarment via email.
Last Thursday the Sorenson Campaign held a "Meet Pete" gathering at the Red and Black Cafe in SE Portland. Democratic Party Volunteers and newcomers decried the narrow political process afforded to them by their own party.
"When they dismiss you, or discredit you, you know you are doing
something right," said John Lewis, Portland's Elect Sorenson Campaign Co-Chairman. "Pete has a long record of public service promoting everything from victim's rights to clean water. His tax plan will reenergize Oregon's schools and upgrade livability while shifting the tax burden off of the hard working families of Oregon. I say, let Pete speak!"
The unwillingness of the Democrat Party to heed its progressive
voice, even coopt it and thereby energize voters may condemn it to flounder defensively in the face of Republican challenger Kevin Mannix's keen issue-based campaign.
With Oregon's faltering economy, financial doldrums, failing schools and
subsequent human services depletion, Kulongoski may well be best
remembered simply as the "Funeral Governor" for these shortcomings as well as for the Oregon National Guard's continuing role in taking on the brunt of the War in Iraq.
View Pete's response to Neel Pender at: