Skip to comments.Kitts(R-OR) runs for Congress
Posted on 01/25/2006 5:46:28 PM PST by DuckFan4ever
Rep. Derrick Kitts, R-Hillsboro, will run against Congressman David Wu rather than seek re-election to the Oregon Legislature this year, Kitts announced Wednesday.
Kitts, 32, is in his second two-year term in the Oregon House. He said he differs with Wu on a number of issues, including trade, taxes, immigration and private property rights.
During the 2005 Legislature, Kitts chaired the House Elections and Rules Committee. His top accomplishment of the session was successfully working for passage of legislation that made several changes in campaign finance disclosure laws. The legislation was introduced after a Salem representative resigned amid allegations that led to his guilty plea and a jail sentence for filing false campaign finance reports.
Wu, a Portland Democrat, is expected to run for his fifth two-year term in Congress. With more than $435,000 in the bank as of his latest report last year, Wu has a substantial head start on Kitts in raising campaign money.
Here is Kitts email:
I'm sure that Derrick Kitts would make a great Congressman.
But there's something I can't help but woner. Last year, David Wu won easily even amid revelations that he raped a woman while in college. If Republicans couldn't unseat him in those circumstances, what reason is there to believe that this race will turn out differently?
Are you serious? I never heard about a congressman who had raped a girl in college. Of course, him being a liberal Democrat would mostly explain that, but still...
It was front-page news in The Portland Tribune that year. Go to Google or Yahoo and look it up, and you'll see several articles & blogs about it.
Yes, the Oregonian ran a story a month before the election and he won. There was a backlash against the paper by many people here. I don't know if this year will be any different. In '04 the Dems were really energized in Oregon to defeat President Bush. The Dems over-performed here in Oregon in 2004. I don't think they can match that energy in this off year election. David Wu is not a big name in Oregon. He could and should be vulnerable this time.
Aside from the Portland (Blumenauer) district, all the remaining 4 districts should be winnable for us, it's appalling we haven't gotten more than 2 seats since after the 1954 election !
Wu's district is the toughest one for us, since RAT redistricters kept heavily RAT parts of Portland in it, but we can still win it. But it is inexcusable that we haven't won in the DeFazio and Hooley districts.
Darlene Hooley has suffered medical problems in recent years. I don't wish her any ill, but hopefully she'll retire soon.
"Darlene Hooley has suffered medical problems in recent years. I don't wish her any ill, but hopefully she'll retire soon."
Jackie Winters lost because she entered the race at a late date and another well-funded candidate was already running. As for this year, she is seeking reelection. But she could run again if Dooley retires.
I think one of the contributing reasons for Winters's primary defeat was her record on taxes. Winters also is no spring chicken, either. She may no longer have the interest in starting a career in DC at the age of 70, and who can blame her ?
"I think one of the contributing reasons for Winters's primary defeat was her record on taxes."
I think, however, in those 3 cases, it had less to do with race than the individual dynamics (taxes, with Winters; Robinson having pissed off the "establishment" and having an uphill battle against Virginia Foxx; Glenn running in a district which was different than the one he had run in previously against Sanford Bishop, and against the sitting State House GOP leader, Lynn Westmoreland, a very unenviable position). It is sad, though, to realize that it is far easier to elect a Black Republican in a majority-White district than it is in a majority-Black one. Hopefully in the years to come, we can finally correct that unfortunate dynamic for good.
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