State of Oregon Archives: on Principles & Values


Ron Wyden: FactCheck: No truth to rumors that Wyden lives in New York

Ron Wyden's campaign has been crying foul in recent days over a dishonest smear effort on behalf of his opponent, Jim Huffman. Republican officials, radio propagandists and campaign gossips have been quietly spreading the lie that Wyden doesn't live in Oregon anymore. This is false, as The Oregonian's Charles Pope reported in a story last week. It is a lie revolving around Wyden, his wife, Nancy, their 2005 marriage and her role as co-proprietor of the famous Strand bookstore in New York City. That this stays alive is mainly Huffman's fault for not calling efforts to inflate a non-issue into a persistent but baseless canard. Consider this Aug. 31 exchange, for example, between Huffman a radio show host:

Q: Wyden's new wife, with whom he has toddler twins--that they essentially live in New York?

Huffman: Well, I understand that he's got some real estate here in Oregon.

Q: Does he have a trailer somewhere?

Huffman: It could be.

Q: He does appear now more and more to be a carpetbagger.

Source: OregonLive.com coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Aug 31, 2010

Gordon Harold Smith: Works often with Sen. Wyden (D-OR) & Sen. Obama (D-IL)

Smith made frequent reference to his ability to work both sides of the political aisle. He often cited his ability to work with Sen. Ron Wyden, his Democratic counterpart representing Oregon. He said he also has taken on Bush on several issues over the years and has worked with Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president.

But Merkley said he has been endorsed by Wyden. “Sen. Wyden needs a partner in Jeff Merkley,” he said. Merkley said Smith has voted with Bush 90% of the time.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Oregon Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; I’ll be his partner

Smith made frequent reference to his ability to work both sides of the political aisle. He often cited his ability to work with Sen. Ron Wyden, his Democratic counterpart representing Oregon. He said he also has taken on Bush on several issues over the years and has worked with Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president.

But Merkley said he has been endorsed by Wyden. “Sen. Wyden needs a partner in Jeff Merkley,” he said. Merkley said Smith has voted with Bush 90% of the time.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Oregon Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: I’ve lived a pretty unconventional life

In his mid-20s, Jeff Merkley hopped a bus with a friend in Los Angeles and headed south for what would become a hairy, life-changing journey through revolution-torn Central America. Merkley raced midget motorcycles as a child, and once owned--and crashed--a Harley. He roomed with an impoverished family in Ghana as a teen, hitchhiked across Israel as a young man and went on, as he puts it, to help shut down one of Portland’s worst crack alleys. “I’ve lived,” he says, “a pretty unconventional life.”

Yet for all that, he has become best known as the “establishment” candidate in a field of less-experienced upstarts. “I started this race unknown to Oregonians,” Merkley says. “What they hear is ‘speaker of the House.’ That sounds pretty uninteresting. There’s no way to convey in a 30-second ad the history of your life.”

Source: The Oregonian, “Oregon House speaker” May 1, 2008

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