“While Washington, D.C., is falling apart, Oregonians are coming together,” the Democrat says in the video. “In Oregon, we’re choosing a different way.”
The video shows grim portrayals of President Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress, and it’s followed by upbeat video of the governor and of Oregon.
In a statement accompanying her campaign announcement, Brown also touted her successes in raising the minimum wage and passing a $5.3 billion transportation package. She also highlighted her support of a bill phasing out coal-fired power and of increased investments in education.
Republicans, however, say she hasn’t done enough for education. And they criticize her for supporting a $3 billion a year tax on sales by large corporations that Oregon voters rejected last year.Brown’s most prominent opponent at this point, state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, charges that the governor has failed to deal with a $24 billion public pension debt that is hurting schools and other government agencies. And he says she has been unable to make significant gains in Oregon’s poor high school graduation rate.
Rebecca Tweed, Buehler’s campaign manager, issued a statement Monday raising another issue. She charged that there has been “an endless cycle of chaos, corruption and incompetence in and around state government” under Brown’s watch. Several agencies — ranging from the Department of Environmental Quality to the Oregon Health Administration — have had leadership changes following questions about their operations.
Brown took office after Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned in early 2015 following a government ethics scandal. She won election to the last two years of his term in 2016.