Betsy's not kidding around

The anemic Democratic Party establishment in Oregon is about to get its world rocked pretty good. Even if New York Nick fizzles out, they're still going to have to deal with Betsy Johnson, a defector from their ranks who's going to run for governor as an independent. She's put $2 million in the bank already.
Johnson’s largest donor so far: The PapĂ© Group, a Eugene-based heavy equipment dealer, which gave $250,000. Her second-largest donor is a Massachusetts-based petroleum merchant, Global Companies, which gave $160,000.

That out-of-state donation is an outlier. Most donors were from Oregon.

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle gave $125,000. Also notable: Harsch Investments, the real estate company of Jordan Schnitzer, gave $100,000, as did businessman Peter Stott. Greg Goodman, whose family is one of Portland’s largest property owners, gave $50,000.
Wet dishcloths like Tina Kotek and Tobias Read are going to have a hard time beating that much moolah. And it appears that Ellen Rosenblum is disappearing in the rear-view mirror before she even came out and started running.

Interrrresting times indeed in the Beaver State. A month ago I was laughing Johnson off. Not now.


  1. If we had ranked choice voting she would have a decent shot.

  2. If you are concerned about climate change, Betsy is death.

    1. Right now, I'm concerned about getting shot while walking down the street in Portland, which is also death.


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