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Primary Conversations: 1st Congressional Republicans

OPB | Oct. 28, 2011 9:06 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 10:47 p.m.

Voters in Oregon’s First Congressional District will cast ballots in a special election on November 8th since Congressman David Wu left his seat before the end of his term. There are several candidates vying for the position. On Monday, we heard from three of the Democrats. In this show, we’ll hear from two Republicans competing for their party’s nomination.

Rob Cornilles and Jim Greenfield each have a business background. They’ve also both competed against Wu in past elections. Greenfield garnered 34 percent of the vote as the Republican nominee in 2002, but lost to the incumbant Wu by 29 points. Republicans nominated Cornilles to compete against Wu in last year’s election, where he won 41 percent of the vote but lost to Wu by 13 points. Neither Cornilles nor Greenfield has ever held elected office. Cornilles runs his own sports marketing company called Game Face in Tualatin and Greenfield is a real estate investor based in Tigard. In the past, he’s also been a political talk radio host with several area stations, but the Jim Greenfield Show hasn’t been on the air for a few years.

Two polls show Cornilles in the lead and he has far out-paced his opponent in terms of fundraising. That hasn’t stopped Greenfield from criticizing Cornilles for not being conservative enough. Greenfield frequently points out that Cornilles hasn’t signed the “no new taxes” pledge many Republican members of Congress have signed. Cornilles argues that the pledge paints with too broad a brush and would not allow him to advocate for eliminating certain tax breaks he finds unnecessary.

Are you a Republican voter in the First Congressional District? What is most important for you as you consider how to cast your vote? What would you like to ask these two candidates?

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Editor’s Note: Each candidate will appear alone because Rob Cornilles declined to appear with Jim Greenfield. We flipped a coin to decide who would go first.

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