This week, Governor Kitzhaber appointed Oregon’s first female Attorney General, former judge Ellen Rosenblum. She was picked to fill out the term, after John Kroger stepped down to become the president of Reed College. She said she wants to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
“What I want to assure the people is that my focus is on the job, on doing a great job. And I think if that’s what I do, then hopefully things will go smoothly in November,” she said.
She’s looking to November because she won the Democratic primary for Attorney General last month without a Republican opponent on the ballot, but she will face one in the general.
Meanwhile, state Superintendent of Education, Susan Castillo announced her resignation, so the total number of women in statewide office won’t change.
And the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, appeared in Portland for a fund-raiser this week.
Fridays, we take a look back at the big political stories of the week. Bill and Jeff, joined us again. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.