Steve in the Blogosphere

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Griffith for State Senate
Here’s an interesting primary race for the Oregon Senate: Republicans in District 19, which includes Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin, and Dunthorpe, are faced with a choice between Steve Griffith and Mary Kremer. The winner will take on incumbent Democrat Richard Devlin in November.
I’ve blogged about Steve Griffith before — he’s my good friend and former law school classmate, and one of the most decent fellows on the planet. His track record, going all the way back to his days chairing the Portland school board, on which he served two terms, is one of careful moderation. His opponent, a former investment banker, is a newcomer to the political scene, but her husband, hard-core Republican activist and right-wing radio talker Rob Kremer, is a familiar figure.
I’m not a Republican, nor do I play one on TV, but I do know that as between Steve Griffith and Rob Kremer, the former’s a thoughtful, moderate person, and the other is a dyed-in-the-wool Palinite sloganeer with a bit of a nasty edge personally. As for Mary Kremer, it remains to be seen whether her views would deviate much from those of her spouse. I couldn’t bear to argue with the guy, even when I was getting paid to do it on the radio; maybe she’s willing to take on the role of differing with him, but maybe not.
Anyway, to stay on the positive tip, as Griffith would, let me say that the GOP in that district could not find a better representative in the Senate than Steve. The guy is an adult consensus-builder who could actually make sane things happen in the Legislature.

By Jack Bogdanski

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