Multnomah County Commission candidate Diane McKeel. House District 49 candidate Nick Kahl. House District 52 candidate Phyllis Thiemann. Troutdale's First Friday event last night was a target rich environment for these candidates.
The Mrs. and I spent a couple of hours talking with Nick Kahl and Troutdale General Store owner Terry Smoke. We didn't agree on much except the following: we don't like politicians who refuse to take a position on anything, Governor Kulongoski hasn't been very effective, and Ted Wheeler still hasn't figured out he's only one vote out of five on the County Commission.. We also agreed that tossing down a Corona or two after a long day is a great way to end the week. Then we went over to Taste of Village Chinese Restaurant and joined Ed & Phyllis Thiemann and the other 18 or so usual suspects at the monthly post-First Friday chinese food fest.
With Thiemann, we discussed the challenges of campaigning in a large geographic area. She also told us about her experience on KXL's Kremer & Abrams last Sunday. She said she felt ambushed by Rob Kremer's questions. That's not a surprise. A quick check on ORESTAR shows that Kremer's Conservative Majority Project has made significant campaign donations to Thiemann's opponent in the HD 52 primary race. But if you go on a radio talk show, you should be prepared for anything. It's a political jungle out there!
Thiemann should win her primary race. She's well connected in her district. I haven't detected much of a buzz from her opponent, except for what I read at NW Republican. Kahl has been front loaded with $$$$$ in union money. He's been hitting the streets hard. He has a decent chance of winning the democrat primary. (Sorry, Nick. Even though you're a nice guy, I'm supporting John Nelsen in November) And McKeel? She and I both thought no candidate for her race would gain 50% in the primary, which would result in a general election final battle between the top two candidates.
(Fine. typos fixed. I forgot to spell check.)