Will they or won’t they? DPO calls on Republicans to say if they’ll take Trump’s help on the campaign trail
PORTLAND — Following recent news that President Trump is “eager to return the campaign trail,” the Democratic Party of Oregon is calling on Republican gubernatorial candidates Knute Buehler, Sam Carpenter, and Greg Wooldridge to make clear if they will accept help on the campaign trail from Trump if they emerge as their party’s nominee later this month.
“News coverage makes clear that the President is eager to weigh in on the upcoming elections. Oregonians deserve to know whether their candidates for governor intend to accept his help and embrace his dangerous agenda on the campaign trail,” said Jeanne Atkins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. “When the White House calls, what is the Republican gubernatorial nominee going to say? Their decision will provide a clear reflection of their values and politics to Oregon voters.”
A New York Times story published this weekend with the headline “Trump’s Role in Midterm Elections Roils Republicans,” makes clear the deep divisions between the White House and many Republicans on the appropriate role for the President in an election year that is universally predicted to be a loss for the GOP.
“This much should be clear to any candidate running in our state: Oregon is not Trump country,” said Atkins. “What is unclear is whether these nominees will have the backbone to stand up to the leader of their own party and an administration that is incompetent, inflammatory, and outright offensive.”