Walden and Butcher for Congress

April 06, 2006 11:00 pm

Greg Walden is the Earl Blumenauer of Eastern Oregon: all but unbeatable in his district.

That hasn't stopped one Republican and four Democrats from taking the floor in an attempt to unseat the four-term Congressman from Hood River.

For Republicans, the choice in the primary is simple. Paul Daghlian isn't even token opposition — he just missed the deadline to withdraw from the race. GOP voters can be happy with Walden and with his steady rise in Congress. They should give him a strong show of support in the primary as he tackles the thorny issue of post-catastrophic fire recovery on our National Forests.

And while we suspect Walden will walk away with the vote in November, Democrats at least have a choice this year — and local Democrats can cast their ballots for a favorite son who is helping baste Oregon Democrats with some Eastern Oregon flavor.

Four candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination, and they are campaigning together to take as long a running start at Walden as possible.

For Baker County Democrats, a unified vote for Baker City's Chuck Butcher seems the logical choice.

Butcher spearheaded the effort to place explicit respect for gun rights in the Oregon Democratic Party's platform. If nominated to face Walden, he'll have an opportunity to stump against a background of Northeastern Oregon pragmatism — something candidates from Medford or Bend or Hood River just can't tap.