Thursday, May 08, 2008

When Politicians Treat Us As Stupid.....

Here in Oregon we have a contested race for Attorney General.

After having lived in states with lukewarm or ineffective AGs, I decided to vote for John Kroger, a newcomer to Oregon like myself and not vote for Greg MacPherson, who has been a state rep.

This is from Kroger's campaign - quoted with permission but emphasis is mine alone
John is a law professor at Lewis & Clark and a former federal prosecutor that took on the mob, drug traffickers and the crooked Enron executives that ripped-off so many people. He will be a tough, independent and aggressive Attorney General and he will fight for all of us on two key issues: tackling Oregon’s meth crisis and protecting the environment.

John cares about meth because it’s the number one cause of property crime in the state and, more importantly, because it’s the number one cause of child abuse. John’s plan to address Oregon’s meth epidemic has two parts. The first is better enforcement, John will revitalize the organized crime unit under the Attorney General and go after the big drug traffickers in the state. The second is more profound, John has a plan for drug treatment and prevention that will lower the demand for the drug. Right now Oregon has one of the worst drug treatment programs in the nation, and John plans to change that.

John also believes we can do a better job holding polluters accountable when they break our environmental laws. Right now, we put good laws on the books, and then we don’t enforce them. We need tougher fines for polluters that willfully break the law, and we need to charge the most extreme bad actors with environmental crimes.
I ask you to join me in voting for John Kroger for Attorney General this May.

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Well today MacPherson came out with an ad [below] that treats the public like stupid idiots. Because Kroger is a Law Professor and only recently became a member of the Oregon Bar, Mac wants us to think Kroger is a newbie lawyer! [Go back and read the first paragraph in the campaign letter above.]

Sorry Mac, but you just called me stupid and I do not like that. I think most Oregonians understand that Federal Prosecutors actually do a task called PROSECUTION! And that requires actually being in a courtroom. Me, I'd love an AG who actually knows how to prosecute and has been successful at it! [And I may be wrong in this but I understand Mac never tried a case!]

Furthermore, some people, like myself, have law degrees but are not members of any state bars. I could take the Oregon Bar but do not wish to practice law here or elsewhere. But - if I did take it, you'd also picture me as a newbie...and you'd be wrong there as well. FYI - I went to a public interest clinical law school and was ready to be in court in Washington, D.C. even before I took the bar exam - and later won every case I took to a hearing. But you'd still imply I was a beginner...

Poor Mac, poor ad, poor choice for AG.


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